Tag: EU

Indonesia celebrates WTO ruling on EU duties

Indonesia celebrates WTO ruling on EU duties

January 27, 2018 |

In Switzerland, the World Trade Organization ruled against EU duties on Indonesian biofuels, challenging the anti-dumping duties authorized by the EU’s General Court in 2013 and causing great celebration in Indonesia, the largest producer of palm oil in the world. Jakarta appealed the 2013 rule and this WTO decision is for that appeal. The EU […]

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Malaysia vows to win over EU member states to stay palm oil biodiesel ban

Malaysia vows to win over EU member states to stay palm oil biodiesel ban

January 18, 2018 |

In Malaysia, in the wake of the European Parliament’s vote to ban palm oil for biodiesel from 2021, “referred to as a “black day” for free trade by the Malaysian government, it vowed to work hard in convincing the European Commission and European member states of palm oil’s role in the European market before the […]

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EU member states won’t appeal against biodiesel anti-dumping duty cuts

EU member states won’t appeal against biodiesel anti-dumping duty cuts

January 18, 2018 |

In Belgium, European member states have backed down from appealing at the European Court of Justice the decision cutting anti-dumping duties on Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel imports. A total of six appeals were planned, four against Indonesia and two against Argentina, following the General Court of the European Union’s 2016 ruling that later saw those […]

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More than 1,700 Malaysian smallholder farmers protest EU over palm oil stance

More than 1,700 Malaysian smallholder farmers protest EU over palm oil stance

January 16, 2018 |

In Malaysia, in response to concerns that the European Union will block the use of palm oil for biodiesel by 2020, around 1,700 smallholder oil palm farmers protested the move outside the European delegation’s offices in Kuala Lumpur. The head of Felda said as many as 3.2 million smallholder farmers could be negatively impacted by […]

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Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand looking to WTO if EU doesn’t shift on palm oil

Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand looking to WTO if EU doesn’t shift on palm oil

January 9, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the New Straits Times reports that Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister confirmed Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand will retaliate against the European Union’s discrimination towards palm oil for biofuels if the trade bloc doesn’t back down from its attacks. He said the discrimination results in “crop apartheid” and could jeopardize the EU-Malaysia free trade […]

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France requires 60pc GHG from ex-EU biodiesel imports

France requires 60pc GHG from ex-EU biodiesel imports

January 7, 2018 |

In the United Kingdom, Argus Media reports that French biodiesel imports from outside the EU must have a minimum 60pc greenhouse gas savings value from 1 January — a measure that could have considerable impact on trade flows from Argentina. The law, thought to be an attempt to protect French biodiesel production from swelling Argentinian […]

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Waste Erased: Top 7 EU-based industrial advances in utilizing waste residues

Waste Erased: Top 7 EU-based industrial advances in utilizing waste residues

November 16, 2017 |

Europe pursuing biorefineries, power-gen based on advanced use of waste residues. In Europe, the race to erase industrial and municipal waste is on, and now has taken on a more serious ardor with the arrival of some new tech. For too long, ideas on dealing with waste have revolved around reduction and recycle rather than […]

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Indonesia and EU trade war over palm oil expands to milk powder

Indonesia and EU trade war over palm oil expands to milk powder

November 3, 2017 |

In Indonesia, the government is threatening to block milk powder imports from the European Union if the EU moves forward with its recent resolution to restrict imports of palm oil from Indonesia. Indonesia imports milk powder from EU countries, as well as Australia and the United States. “If they continue then I will do the […]

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EP Committee on Environment denies prospects for domestic biofuels

EP Committee on Environment denies prospects for domestic biofuels

October 28, 2017 |

In Germany, UFOP published a letter expressing its disappointment in the result of the vote in the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment on Monday this week concerning the reform of the biofuel policy for the period from 2020 to 2030 (RED II). UFOP said that as a result of the decision, biofuels made from cultivated […]

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Proposed RED II reduction of biofuels sparks more criticism

Proposed RED II reduction of biofuels sparks more criticism

October 8, 2017 |

In Europe, the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive for 2021-2030 (RED II) proposed biofuels reduction on first-generation biofuels made from food crops from 7% in 2020 to 3.8% in 2030 is being debated in the European Parliament’s committees in preparation for a January 2018 vote. While some say the move will reduce pressure on food prices, […]

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