Tag: palm oil

Croatian ambassador tells Malaysia to invest in PR if it wants to fix palm oil’s reputation

Croatian ambassador tells Malaysia to invest in PR if it wants to fix palm oil’s reputation

September 13, 2018 |

In Malaysia, Croatia’s ambassador to the country said that if Malaysia is serious about trying to change the hearts and minds of Europeans regarding the reputation of palm oil and its sustainability, then the government needs to invest in public relations in order to change the narrative. He said that blaming the EU countries for […]

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Malaysia teams with FGV to get smallholder oil palm farmers certified sustainable

Malaysia teams with FGV to get smallholder oil palm farmers certified sustainable

September 4, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the primary industries ministry will team with FGV to help small holder farmers achieve the national sustainable palm oil certification. At the moment, only 20% of palm oil production achieves the national certification but the government’s target is for 100% by the end of 2019. To achieve this goal, the government will loop […]

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

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 […]

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Malaysia and China sign MoU for palm oil and biofuel

Malaysia and China sign MoU for palm oil and biofuel

August 18, 2018 |

In Malaysia, a memorandum of understanding will be signed between the Malaysian Palm Oil Board and Tsinghua University on the promotion of Malaysian biofuel in China, according to the Ministry of Primary Industries. A second MoU will be between the Malaysian Rubber Board and Hainan State Farms Investment Holdings Group Co Ltd. related to rubber […]

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European researchers say African expansion of palm oil could impact primates

European researchers say African expansion of palm oil could impact primates

August 16, 2018 |

In Italy, future expansion of the palm oil industry could have a dramatic impact on African primates, according to the findings of a new study led by the European Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. The study has been published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Scientists […]

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Belgium urges Malaysia to open diplomatic mission to EU to lobby for palm oil

Belgium urges Malaysia to open diplomatic mission to EU to lobby for palm oil

August 1, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the Borneo Post reports that the Belgian ambassador to Malaysia suggested the country set up a separate diplomatic mission in Brussels specifically to lobby the European Union’s 28 countries, especially on issues such as palm oil. The new Malaysian government is seen as more open to negotiations with the European Union and European […]

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Indonesia developing 100% palm oil drop in fuel

Indonesia developing 100% palm oil drop in fuel

July 25, 2018 |

In Indonesia, in an interview with the industry minister, Reuters reports that the country is offering incentives to developers of drop-in diesel made from 100% palm oil and has already identified a process that will be ready to go commercial in three years. He said the prototype HVO fuel developed by Elevance Renewable Sciences and […]

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Solidaridad brings together Asian palm oil industries into sustainability framework

Solidaridad brings together Asian palm oil industries into sustainability framework

July 17, 2018 |

In Indonesia, a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed which, for the first time, recognizes the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) and the Indian Palm Oil Sustainability (IPOS) Framework as legitimate sustainability frameworks for palm oil production and trade between Indonesia and India. This MoU was signed on 16 July 2018 between the […]

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Low Malaysian palm oil prices see biodiesel hit biggest discount in four years

Low Malaysian palm oil prices see biodiesel hit biggest discount in four years

July 17, 2018 |

In Malaysia, Bloomberg reports that surplus palm oil supplies have seen the gap between biodiesel and fossil fuel prices reach the largest gap seen since 2014 with palm oil-based biodiesel reaching a discount of $124 per metric ton last Friday. The gap has since narrowed to $107 on Monday. With prices so low, exports could […]

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France warns Malaysia to keep its nose clean on palm oil

France warns Malaysia to keep its nose clean on palm oil

July 11, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the Borneo Post reports that the French ambassador has sent a strong warning to palm oil producers and the national government that if the production of palm isn’t done sustainably, even though the ban on palm oil has been postponed until 2030, European consumers won’t stand for it. France’s Total plans to use […]

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