Tag: Malaysia

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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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 fighting back on proposed EU palm oil ban

Malaysia fighting back on proposed EU palm oil ban

January 14, 2018 |

In Malaysia, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas told Black Sea Grain that Sarawak palm oil producers are now under threat from the proposed European Union ban on palm oil as part of the Renewable Energy Directive. Uggah is also Minister for Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development and said the […]

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Malaysia seeks to export 1 million tons of CPO in three months by dropping export taxes

Malaysia seeks to export 1 million tons of CPO in three months by dropping export taxes

January 11, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the government dropped export taxes on crude palm oil as of January 8 for a period of three months in an effort to reduce the 2.6 million metric tons of palm oil stocks that are currently weighing on the market. The target is to reduce the stocks by 1 million tons but analysts […]

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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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Malaysia says European vote to ban palm oil biodiesel will set back trade relations

Malaysia says European vote to ban palm oil biodiesel will set back trade relations

November 30, 2017 |

In Malaysia, the plantation and commodities minister criticized the European Parliament’s industry and energy committee’s support for a ban on palm oil-based biofuels as proposed by the environment committee as a step backwards for EU-Malaysian trade relations. The country sees the votes as a protectionist barrier because European oilseed-based biodiesel would still be allowed, though […]

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EU’s single palm oil certification seen stricter than RSPO Next

EU’s single palm oil certification seen stricter than RSPO Next

November 13, 2017 |

In Malaysia, an advisor to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil says he expects the European Union’s single certification scheme for palm oil to be much stricter than the RSPO Next put out last year that tightens the requirements beyond the standard certification. He disagrees that governments should drive such certifications and should instead be […]

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Malaysia’s Sabah state commits to follow EU lead on palm oil sustainability

Malaysia’s Sabah state commits to follow EU lead on palm oil sustainability

November 6, 2017 |

In Malaysia, on the back of pressure from the European Parliament regarding sustainability of palm oil for biofuels, the state of Sabah has made a commitment to have 100% of its palm oil certified by the Parliament’s proposed single palm oil certification scheme by 2025, rather than the Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil  (MSPO) certification scheme, […]

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Dutch ambassador to Malaysia said member states and European Commission not behind Parliament’s palm oil ban

Dutch ambassador to Malaysia said member states and European Commission not behind Parliament’s palm oil ban

October 11, 2017 |

In Malaysia, the Ambassador to Malaysia from the Netherlands says the European Union member states nor the European Commission have a position on the recommendation made by the European Parliament to end the use of palm oil in biodiesel by 2020, instead saying that a balanced approach must be found that takes into consideration the […]

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Malaysia and Indonesia desperately looking for new palm oil markets

Malaysia and Indonesia desperately looking for new palm oil markets

September 14, 2017 |

In Malaysia, palm oil producers are looking for new export markets as the European market continues to sour towards its oil and biodiesel, with eyes on Africa and closer to home in South Asia. Despite concerns of shifting sentiment, Europe’s Indonesian palm oil imports have risen 40% during the first half of 2017. Indonesia has […]

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