POME LAMA (Palm Oil Mill Effluent)

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Sector Agriculture, Waste, Energy
Focus area
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Type of action Strategy/Policy
Scope Sub-national
Stage Under development
Submitted to UNFCCC registry No
Start of initiative 2014
Financing and support details
Financing status Seeking financing
Total cost EUR 50 mln
Financing requested EUR 5.2 mln
Financing received to-date
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Principal source of financing Multilateral
Principal type of financing Not known
Capacity building required No
Technology transfer required No
Additional information
Proponent(s) Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, BAPPENAS
International funder(s) GIZ, Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund
Organization providing technical support
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POME is a Locally Appropriate Mitigation Action (LAMA) intended to improve rural electrification.

Activities: (2017 - 2021)
The overall concept supports palm oil companies or other developers in gaining access to reliable techniques and advice from the initial stage of the development process (pre-feasibility study) through the technical, organisational and financial implementation of the power plant up to the sale of electricity to state-owned entreprises.

Expected results are:

  • Developers establish POME-to-electricity biogas power plants and demonstrate best practices for other bioenergy projects
  • Technical support and financial facilities offer attractive opportunities for sustainable investment
  • Baselines for GHG emissions are established and progress measured transparently through an MRV system.

The NAMA focuses on Kalimantan and Sumatra.

The Governor of East Kalimantan has enacted a moratorium on new licenses for oil palm plantation, mining and logging concessions while improvements are made to the permit licensing system. Mitigating emissions from POME involves capturing biogas – more than half of which is methane – and using the methane to generate power (POME-to-electricity).

Impact and MRV


Cumulative GHG reductions: No data available
Mitigative capacity:

No information has been provided on mitigative capacity


Social: Information has not been provided
Economic: Information has not been provided
Environmental: Information has not been provided

MRV Framework:
No MRV plan has been defined


One mill using 330,000 tonnes of fresh fruit bunches annually produces around 2,160 tCH4 each year, roughly equivalent to the annual emissions from 30,000 cars. Calculations based on palm oil statistics for 2013 show that GHG reduction from methane capture would be 9.8 MtCO2-eq.per annum, plus 2.5 MtCO2-eq from diesel use avoidance, through the generation of an additional 3,110 GWh of electricity.