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Coconut palm on palm plantation in Madagascar.

Coconut palm, like oil palm, is a feedstock that can be used for the production of biodiesel.




Environmental sustainability

Greenhouse gases



Land degradation

Social sustainability



  • Biodiesel produced from coconut oil blended with normal diesel can improve fuel efficiency from 5% to 25% percent, particularly on older vehicles. (needs source)




See books, reports, scientific papers, position papers and websites for additional useful resources.

News (See also News and country pages)

  • Brazil airline successfully tests aviation biofuel, 23 November 2010 by Stan Lehman: "Brazil's largest airline announced Tuesday that it has successfully conducted what it called the first experimental flight in Latin America using aviation biofuel."
    • "The statement said the biofuel was mixed half and half with conventional aviation kerosene."
    • "Continental, Japan Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand and KLM have held similar experimental flights with biofuel produced from Jatropha and other materials such as coconut oil, algae and the camelina oil seed."[1]
  • Betting fortunes in the Philippines on biofuel boom 4 December 2006 from the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Chemrez Technologies Inc. is hoping that demand for alternative fuel, especially biodiesel, will grow rapidly in coming years. The company recently shifted its focus from producing industrial chemicals to the production of biodiesel with coconut oil as its main raw material. Although coconut oil is the second most expensive type of additive at about $617 per metric ton on the world market, just slightly lower than rapeseed oil's $669/MT and substantially more than the cheapest type, palm oil, at only $442/MT, it can increase fuel efficiency by "anywhere from 5 percent to 25 percent". The coconut oil additive in the diesel fuel helps it burn faster, more efficiently, and at lower temperatures, making fuel combustion easier. The company hopes that cost-saving from increased mileage will offset the higher prices.


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  • Asia and Pacific Coconut Community "The APCC is an intergovernmental Organisation of 15 Major Coconut Producing Countries Accounting for over 90% of World Coconut Production and Exports of Coconut Products."


Tropical feedstocks for bioenergy edit
Bamboo (Charcoal) | Cassava (Biodiesel and Bioethanol) | Coconut palm (Biodiesel) | Jatropha (Biodiesel) | Nypa palm (Bioethanol) | Oil palm (Biodiesel) | Sugar cane (Bioethanol)
Bioenergy feedstocks edit

Biodiesel feedstocks:
Currently in use: Animal fat | Castor beans | Coconut oil | Jatropha | Jojoba | Karanj | Palm oil | Rapeseed | Soybeans | Sunflower seed | Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO)
Currently in research and development: Algae | Halophytes (Salt-tolerant plants)

Ethanol feedstocks:
First-generation: Cassava | Corn | Milo | Nypa palm | Sorghum | Sugar beets | Sugar cane | Sugar palm |Sweet potato | Waste citrus peels | Wheat | Whey
Second-generation: For cellulosic technology - Grasses: Miscanthus, Prairie grasses, Switchgrass | Trees: Hybrid poplar, Mesquite, Willow

Charcoal feedstocks: Bamboo | Wood
Waste-to-energy (MSW)


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