Sarawak disputes report on peatland gas emission

4 October 2010

A Dutch consultant report recommending the inclusion of greenhouse gas emission from peatland as a criterion for Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification has been rejected.

The report has been contested and disqualified by a scientific findings from the Tropical Peat Research Laboratory Unit of Sarawak Chief Minister’s Department that carbon dioxide (CO2) emission from oil palm plantations on peatland is lower than that of forest peat swamp, said the unit’s director Dr Lulie Melling.