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Soy & Palm Feed GHGe Study Consultancy

World Wildlife Fund
Washington, DC 20001
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Soy & Palm Feed GHGe Study Consultancy

Type: Contractor
# of Openings: 1
WWF Washington, DC


Terms of Reference - Study on GHG emissions of soy and palm-derived feed ingredients, to inform companies making and implementing commitments to SBTs and DCF supply chains


Over 1,300 companies worldwide are setting greenhouse gas emission reduction targets through the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI). Deforestation and conversion from natural ecosystems in the tropics associated with commodity production such as beef, soy and palm make up at least 8% of global GHG emissions. For companies that market large volumes of products that include ingredients that are produced on recently tropical deforested and converted lands, this percentage could be significantly higher. For these companies to meet their SBTs, it is imperative to tackle deforestation and conversion.

WWF seeks a consultant to determine estimates of GHG emissions associated with deforestation and conversion of soy and palm-derived feed ingredients that are fed to livestock and aquaculture in Europe and Asia. These estimates should be broken down by species of animal (e.g., poultry, pork, dairy, eggs, beef, lamb, shrimp, and other seafood) that consume the feed and the country of rearing.

Sources of information exist with estimates regarding the amount of embedded soy-derived ingredients used in European and Asian livestock feed. However, there is less visibility in the use of palm-derived feed ingredients in European and Asian livestock. Various palm-derived ingredients are used in feed, including (in varying proportions depending on the animals): crude palm oil (CPO), palm kernel oil (PKO), palm oil derivatives (POD) including Palm Fatty Acid Distillate (PFAD) and Palmitic Acid (PA), as well as Palm Kernel Expeller (PKE). This research would provide insights into volumes of feed ingredients derived from palm and soy (across geographies and species), place of origin, and associated estimated GHG emissions, including from deforestation and conversion for these crops. In addition, the research should also include estimates of best- and worst-case scenarios for each feed ingredient.

The information should be presented in a way that is accessible and useful to companies, financial institutions, and policymakers who have made commitments or are interested in reducing GHG emissions associated with deforestation and conversion in palm oil and soy production embedded in feed-ingredients.



  1. An internal draft report of findings for WWF review
  2. An internal document explaining the methodology in detail
  3. Full quantitative results
  4. A public facing report with the results in PDF and Word format, to disseminate
  5. A series of public webinars to present the findings and highlight potential opportunities for taking action to halt deforestation and conversion.

Desired Outcomes

  1. Feed companies, animal-based producer groups, and corporate buyers of products with soy and palm-derived feed ingredients are aware of the deforestation and conversion-related GHG emissions associated with products in their supply chains, opportunities to reduce these emissions, and ways to link these reductions to their sustainable sourcing commitments and SBTs.
  2. National and regional associations, financial institutions, and policymakers understand the need and opportunities to reduce GHG emissions associated with deforestation and conversion, and the role that they can play in influencing those reductions.

Deliverable Timeline


Due Date

  1. Preliminary report of findings

July 31, 2021

2. Methodology document

July 31, 2021

3. Full quantitative results

August 31, 2021

4. Final report

August 31, 2021

5. Webinars to present findings

September 30, 2021


To Apply

Interested candidates should submit proposals to Gino Bianco (gino.bianco@wwfus.org) by May 31, 2021 with the subject line Soy and palm feed GHGe study. Proposals must include proposed methodology, detailed description of deliverables, budget, and CVs and description of relevant expertise for those who will undertake the work as well as their assigned roles and responsibilities in this consultancy. Proposals should not exceed 5 pages in length, excluding CVs. Proposal budgets should not exceed USD $30,000. A WWF panel will review proposals on a rolling basis and plans to select the consultant by June 11, 2021.


Posted: 2021-05-17 Expires: 2021-06-17

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