Sustainable Palm Oil and Climate Change: The Way Forward Through Mitigation and Adaptation

Conferences 02, Feb 2016

16-18 March 2016 | Bali, Indonesia
Sustainable Palm Oil and Climate Change: The Way Forward Through Mitigation and Adaptation



Extreme weather events and anomalies are occurring more frequently even as the world prepares for COP21 in Paris, France, which aims to reach consensus on fixing targets for GHG emission reduction. This is a grim reminder of the urgency for us to address and tackle climate change. The growing number of large companies, including those within the agro-industry, farmers and other stakeholders announcing new commitments in adopting sustainable practices to lower their carbon footprint is encouraging and gives us hope for the future.

Climate change is a reality

Although agriculture has a relatively lower energy consumption compared to other industries, its contribution to GHG emission is significant, and forms around 25% of global emissions. These arise mainly from land use change, fertiliser utilization and waste production. However, the practice of agriculture which has the capacity to fix carbon in the biomass and in the soil, is also recognized as the only human activity that can play a positive role in mitigating climate change.

It is expected that COP21 will recognize this important capacity of agriculture to contribute to climate change mitigation. We want to drive efforts in making the palm oil industry a leader in climate change mitigation in the tropical agricultural sector.

Leveraging on the success of ICOPE 2014, which recognized the potential of the palm oil sector to become a model for tomorrow’s sustainable agriculture, ICOPE 2016 will focus on the potential of the palm oil industry to mitigate as well as adapt to climate change.

ICOPE 2014 saw the attendance of more than 450 participants from 20 countries. ICOPE 2016 is once again inviting concerned stakeholders, including scientists and practitioners, NGOs and government institutions, small farmers and the agro-industry, to come together to deliberate on potential and practical options in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

ICOPE 2016 will include presentations, discussions and debates on the following key topics:

  1. How to reduce emissions from new development of oil palm vis-a-vis the High Carbon Stock (HCS) approach in forest conservation policies.
  2. The challenges facing smallholders and local populations.
  3. How to reduce emissions in oil palm cultivation, with a special focus on fertiliser management.
  4. How to reduce emissions from fruit processing, looking at the energy profile of mills, methane capture development and regulations.
  5. How to increase carbon fixation in the oil palm agro-system with particular emphasis on soil carbon fixation and the huge potential of palm oil biomass production.
  6. A special session to better understand how palm oil will benefit from the development of second-generation biofuel.
  7. How oil palm can adapt to climate change in order to maintain its superior productivity.


A panel discussion about slash and burn issues will be held as part of ICOPE 2016. There will be also General Lectures, Technical Lectures and Posters presentations from reputable scientists. Among them are:

  • A. Santoso – UNSW-ARCCSS-CSIRO, Australia
  • M. EDDY – CIRAD, France
  • R.H.V. Corley – United Kingdom
  • Jos Ignacio Sanz Scovino – CENIPALMA, Colombia
  • L. Nodichao – INRAB, Benin
  • F. Stolle – WRI, USA
  • C. Stewart – OLAM, Gabon



ICOPE remains the major forum in which to highlight environmental issues and share experiences in order to identify solutions that will benefit the environment and the industry. More than ever, ICOPE 2016 aims to be the platform for innovation and where scientific approaches lead to viable alternatives that can be put into practice.


General Lectures on key topics

General Lectures will be held during the conference. The lectures will cover the key topics and will be delivered by reputable scientists or members of leading institutions.

Technical Session

Presentations and discussions of the key topics will be conducted in the Technical Sessions, with various papers presented by stakeholders such as Research Institutes, Palm Oil Growers and Millers, Government Agencies, Banks and NGOs.
While the oral presentations and discussions will focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation, we also welcome proposals for poster sessions related to other aspects of palm oil production and the environment, for e.g. biodiversity and pollution risk & control.


  • Palm oil Growers, Millers and Traders
  • Research organizations and Universities
  • NGOs involved in environmental and social issues
  • Government agencies and Institutions


Papers are invited for oral or poster presentation at the conference. Contributors are requested to submit an abstract typed in single space using Microsoft Word with size 12 Times New Roman.
Please note the following deadlines:

  • Abstract submission : 30 Oct 2015
  • Announcement of paper acceptance : 30 Nov 2015
  • Full paper submission : 31 Jan 2016

Abstracts and full manuscripts should be submitted by Email to:
Attn. Mr. Yong Yit Yuan

Click link below to download conclusions ICOPE 2016 (.pdf)



Wednesday, 16 March 2016 ——

08.45 – 10.40 Opening Ceremony

  • Welcome by OC
    JP. Caliman. PT Smart Tbk (Indonesia)
  • Keynote Speech
    Chairman and CEO of GAR. Franky O. Widjaja (Indonesia)WWF Indonesia. Alex Rusli (Indonesia)
    DG CIRAD. Michel Eddi (France)
    Chairman of Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN Indonesia). Rosan Perkasa Roeslani (Indonesia)
  • Opening Speech
    Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. Darmin Nasution

10.40 – 11.10 Coffee Break/ Exhibition Visit

11.10 – 12.10 Session 1: Panel Discussion

Palm Oil and Environment: An International Interest
Moderator: Michel Eddi. DG CIRAD (France)

  • Ambassador of Norway for Indonesia.
    Stig I. Traavik (Norway)
  • Deputy Minister for Maritime Sovereignty, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Resources.
    Arif H. Oegroseno (Indonesia)
  • FAO Country Director
    Mark Smulders (United Nations)
  • Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Pakistan for Indonesia.
    Syed Zahid Raza (Pakistan)


12.10 – 13.10 Lunch Break

13.10 – 15.00 Session 2: General Lecturers 

Climate Change and Agriculture

Moderator: Chew Fook Tim, National University of Singapore (Singapore)

  • COP21 – Impact for agriculture commodity chains
    Y. Laurans. IDDRI (France)
  • El Nino: dynamics, impacts, and future projections
    A. Santoso. ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, UNSW Climate Change Research Centre, CSIRO (Australia)
  • Climate change: what does it mean for oil palm?
    R.H.V. Corley (United Kingdom)


15.00 – 15.30 Coffee Break/Poster Session/Exhibition Visit

15.30 – 17.30 Session 3: Oil Palm Development and GHG: Forest Conservation

Moderator: Tiur Rumondang, RSPO (Indonesia)

  • Sustainable alternatives to commodity-driven deforestation: Using Global Forest Watch Commodities to monitor zero deforestation commitments and direct production to low impact areas
    S. Lake. WRI (USA)
  • Putting No Deforestation into Practice – experience with implementing the HCS Approach
    I. Rafina. TFT (Indonesia)
  • HCS+: Emission Reduction from New Oil Palm Development in Gabon
    A. Lee. Olam International (Singapore)
  • HCS+: Challenge for Smallholders
    R. S. Harjanthi. (Indonesia)
  • The Future of the Bornean Orangutan: Impacts of Change in Land Cover and Climate
    J. Simery. UNEP/GRASP (USA)


Thursday, 17 March 2016 ——

08.45 – 09.20 Session 4a: Oil Palm and GHG Emission: Slash and Burn Practice in Agriculture Development

Moderator: Gan Lian Tiong, PT Musim Mas (Indonesia)

  • Impact of haze on oil palm performance
    JP Caliman. PT Smart Tbk (Indonesia)


09.20 – 09.50 Coffee Break/Exhibition Visit

09.50 – 11.30 Session 4b: Panel Discussion

Oil Palm and GHG Emission: Slash and Burn Practice in Agriculture Development
Moderator: Uni Lubis, Rappler (Indonesia)

  • Slash and Burn practice in Agriculture in Indonesia
    E. Meijaard. Borneo Futures (Brunei Darussalam) and University of Queensland (Australia)


  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry – Hadi Daryanto
  • Head District Seruyan – Sudarsono
  • SPKS – Mansuetus Darto
  • GAPKI – Agam Fatcurrochman
  • WRI – A. Rosenbarger
  • Borneo Futures and University of Queensland – E. Meijaard


11.30 – 12.20 Session 5: Peat restoration

Moderator: Desi Kusumadewi. IDH (Indonesia)

  • Peat Restoration in Indonesia: Strategy, Action Plan, and Objectives
    Nazir Foead. Peat Restoration Agency (Indonesia)


12.20 – 13.20 Lunch

13.20 – 14.40 Session 6: Oil palm and GHG remediation: Renewable Energy

Moderator: Tatang Hernas Soerawidjaja, ITB (Indonesia)

  • CPO and Bioenergy: strategy and experience of Indonesia
    Bayu Krisnamurthi. Indonesia Estate Crop Fund for Oil Palm (Indonesia)
  • Conditions for a sustainable development of palm-oil-based biodiesel in Indonesia
    S. Silveira. KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
  • EU regulation for biofuel
    K. Guizouarn. Avril Group (France)


14.40 – 15.45 Session 7: Oil palm and GHG Footprint

Moderator: Rosediana Suharto (Indonesia)

  • GHG RSPO calculator: Scientific Background
    C. Bessou. CIRAD (France)
  • GHG RSPO calculator: Case Studies
    M. Chin. RSPO (Malaysia)
  • RSPO PalmGHG, ISCC and ISPO calculator: A comparative analysis
    Gan Lian Tiong. PT Musim Mas (Indonesia)


15.45 – 16.15 Coffee Break/Exhibition Visit

16.15 – 17.40 Session 8: Oil palm and GHG footprint

Moderator: Eleanor Slate, Oxford University (United Kingdom)

  • Life cycle assessment of palm oil – investigating nature conservation and other GHG mitigation options
    J. H. Schmidt. LCA consultant (Denmark)
  • Poster: N2O emissions from oil palm cultivation on mineral soils: review of emission measurements, and challenges in modeling.
    L. Pardon. CIRAD (France)
  • Poster: Partitioning of soil respiration into auto-and heterotrophic components in a peat swamp forest and oil palm plantations in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
    D. Hendry. CIFOR (Indonesia)
  • Poster: The impact of land-use change from forest to oil palm on soil greenhouse gas and volatile organic compound fluxes
    J. Drewver. Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (United Kingdom)
  • Poster: GHG emissions during composting and EFB recycling
    B. Hadiwijaya. PT Smart Tbk (Indonesia)
  • Water footprint for sustainable palm oil production: a concept to be implemented in the near future
    A. Enstrom. Neste (Finland)


Friday, 18 March 2016 ——

08.30 – 09.10 Morning Coffee/Exhibition Visit

09.10 – 09.30 Keynote Speech

  • Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia. H. Andi Amran Sulaiman, MP (*)

09.30 – 11.00 Session 9: Climate Change and Oil Palm Adaptation

Moderator: M. de Raissac, Cirad (France)

  • Oil palm breeding for climate change adaptation
    Soh Aik Chin. University of Nottingham (Malaysia)
  • Oil palm management to adapt to climate change in Colombia
    J. S. Torres Aguas. Cenipalma (Colombia)
  • Exploitation of oil palm genetic diversity to adapt to drought: Benin Experience
    L. Nodichao. INRAB (Benin)
  • Poster: Fluorescence as a tool for drought tolerance screening
    R.Subawati. PT Smart Tbk (Indonesia)
  • Poster: Toward a functional-structural model of oil palm able to assist the evaluation of genetic differences between progenies for architecture and radiation interception efficiency
    R. Perez. CIRAD (France)


11.00 – 11.10 Summary of the Conference

JP. Caliman. PT Smart Tbk (Indonesia)

11.10 – 11.25 Closing remarks

Rachmat Witoelar. President’s Special Envoy for Climate Change (Indonesia) (*)

11.25 – End Lunch


Sponsor & Exhibition















ICOPE offers you a high impact promotional opportunity and provides a commercial platform to the segmented market, the palm oil agribusiness players. Sponsors will have an incredible amount of presence and in conjunction with the exhibitions; it will give your company optimum exposure and also opportunity for conference participants to meet you and to find out more about your business opportunities. In addition, mention of sponsorship will be made during media communication.

ICOPE is a unique tool for sponsors to show their commitment toward the production of sustainable palm oil production.

Sponsorship offers exclusive branding, prior and during the seminar. Sponsors will have its logo displayed on conference website, printed materials, banners and much more. We also offer exhibition booths to promote your product.

For detail information, enquiry or registration, please contact by email to:
attn. Mr. Suma Nugraha
Phone: +(62) 21 3181212

Click link below to download ICOPE 2016 SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM (.pdf)



1. The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali

Deluxe Garden: IDR 1,900,000 nett
Deluxe Pool: IDR 2,200,000 nett
Premium: IDR 2,350,000 nett
Westin Suite: IDR 5,700,000 nett
Mr. Agus Hadi / Ms Lilik Desyanthi
Phone : (62) 361 ? 771906
Fax : (62) 361 ? 772049
Email :

Complimentary Wi-Fi Access included; Airport Transfer starts from IDR 240.000 net/car/way. Rate valid for group period only.

2. The Laguna, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua Bali

Deluxe Room Garden: IDR 2,900,000 nett
Deluxe Room Lagoon: IDR 3,250,000 nett
Executive Suite: IDR 5,750,000 nett
Ms. Rezki Wahyuni
Phone : (62) 361 ? 771327
Fax : (62) 361 ? 772163

Complimentary Wi-Fi Access included (booking required); Airport Transfer starts from IDR 349.000 net/car/way Rate valid for group period only.

3. Nusa Dua Beach Hotel

Deluxe Room : IDR 1,700,000 nett
Premier Room: IDR 1,900,000 nett
Palace Club Suite: IDR 3,600,000 nett
Mr. Sudiantara
Phone : (62) 361 -771210
Fax : (62) 361 -772617

Complimentary Wi-Fi Access included; Airport Transfer starts from IDR 240.000 (per car per way). Rate valid for group period only.

Click link below to download Hotel Reservation Form (.pdf)



Online Registration –> [Click here to register ICOPE 2016 Conference]

or download the registration form [download] and fax or email back to:
Fax: (62) 21 318 1315 Email:

To complete the registration process, please proceed to pay the conference fee to this bank account:

Maybank Cab. Thamrin – Jakarta
Rupiah Account (IDR) : 2-003-01404-6
US Dollar Account (USD) : 2-003-03609-2
Swift code : IBBKIDJA


Conference Fee and Payment Method

Early Bird (Payment before 15 January 2016) Fee/Pax (IDR)
  • Individual
Rp. 4,000,000
Normal (Payment 15 January – 29 February 2016)  
  • Individual
Rp. 6,000,000
  • Group – 3 persons or more
Rp. 4,000,000
Walk In (Payment after 29 February 2016)  
  • Individual/Group
Rp. 7,000,000

For registration please click here


  • The Organizing Committee should receive the payment in FULL AMOUNT (All bank charges should be prepaid)
  • Accommodation is not included in the conference fee.
  • Please Fax or Email proof of payment when paid

Looking forward to see you in Bali

Learn more about our past conferences

Embracing Sustainable Palm Oil: Solutions for Local Production and Global Change (2018)

Oil Palm Cultivation: Becoming a Model for Tomorrow’s Sustainable Agriculture (2014)

Conserving Forests, Expanding Sustainable Palm Oil Production (2012)

Measurement and Mitigation of Environmental Impact of Palm Oil Production (2010)

Enhancing Sustainable Oil Palm (2007)