Indonesia links airplane purchases with right to build palm oil-based biojet

August 22, 2018 |

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that the country is playing hardball with the US and France, demanding that its companies be able to set up aviation biofuel production plants using palm oil as feedstock in those countries in exchange for buying Boeing and Airbus planes, respectively. The country’s trade minister said he received positive feedback from the US’s secretary of commerce during meetings in late July and has also communicated the requirement to Airbus. Local media reports that the country said it would stop buying from Airbus if the EU banned palm oil use in biofuels.

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