Tag: palm oil

Indonesia’s PLN to convert 122MW of power production to crude palm oil

Indonesia’s PLN to convert 122MW of power production to crude palm oil

February 20, 2019 |

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that the national utility PLN is switching three of its diesel-fueled and one of its gas-fueled power plants to crude palm oil which together will produce 122MW of power for Papua, East Kalimantan and South Sulawesi. The four plants currently consume 190 million liters of fossil fuel which will now be […]

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Malaysia hoping diplomacy with France will ease palm oil tensions

Malaysia hoping diplomacy with France will ease palm oil tensions

February 20, 2019 |

In Malaysia, the Borneo Post reports that Malaysian and French officials are set to meet to discuss palm oil in an effort to better understand the product’s opportunities and challenges. Malaysia is trying to head of implementation of the French Parliament’s ban on palm oil for biodiesel from 2020. The French Environment Ambassador is set […]

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Malaysian palm oil exports jump nearly 31% in January

Malaysian palm oil exports jump nearly 31% in January

February 13, 2019 |

In Malaysia, Platts reports that a jump in demand for palm oil from the European Union, India and China led to 21% more exports in January than during January 2018. Exports to Europe saw the largest jump by nearly 158% to 253,773 metric tons, while China was the largest destination at 317,212 tons, almost 18% […]

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ePure slams European Commission for palm oil sustainability loopholes

ePure slams European Commission for palm oil sustainability loopholes

February 12, 2019 |

In Belgium, ePure says the European Commission has gone most of the way toward banning the use of unsustainable palm oil in EU transport, but it hasn’t quite closed the deal. Instead of acting on the RED II agreement and removing so-called high-ILUC-risk biofuels from the EU’s transport mix, it has left a door open. […]

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Transport and Environment says EU allowed for loopholes in sustainability criteria for palm oil

Transport and Environment says EU allowed for loopholes in sustainability criteria for palm oil

February 11, 2019 |

In Belgium, Transport and Environment says the European Commission last week acknowledged in a delegated act that oil palm cultivation causes significant deforestation, and thus biodiesel produced from palm oil cannot be counted towards meeting EU green fuel targets. However, under mounting pressure, including trade war threats, from the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia, the […]

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Malaysian airlines line up to support “Love MY Palm Oil” campaign

Malaysian airlines line up to support “Love MY Palm Oil” campaign

January 22, 2019 |

In Malaysia, Free Malaysia Today reports that national airlines are lining up to support the “Love MY Palm Oil” campaign to protest of the European anti-palm oil sentiment. Airlines are using everyone from advertising on in-flight entertainment systems to on board magazines in an effort to communicate the benefits of Malaysian palm oil to foreign […]

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Portuguese biofuel producers say they don’t use palm oil as feedstock

Portuguese biofuel producers say they don’t use palm oil as feedstock

January 22, 2019 |

In Portugal, Ojogo reports that the Portuguese Association of Biofuel Producers, which accounts for 80% of biodiesel incorporated in diesel in Portugal, said none of its member companies uses palm oil in the production of its biofuels. On Monday, environmental protesters focused on European Commission representations in several European capitals, including Lisbon, to protest against […]

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Malaysia PM writes to French president asking for reprieve on palm oil

Malaysia PM writes to French president asking for reprieve on palm oil

January 17, 2019 |

In Malaysia, the Prime Minister has sent a letter to the President of France asking him to drop the de facto restrictions on palm oil from 2020 that will see tax breaks for fuels produced from the controversial feedstock come to an end. In the letter, the Prime Minister called the assertion that palm oil […]

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Total says French palm oil ban potentially jeopardizes Le Mede biorefinery

Total says French palm oil ban potentially jeopardizes Le Mede biorefinery

January 14, 2019 |

In France, Reuters reports that the country’s ban on using palm oil for biofuel could risk the viability of Total’s La Mede refinery it has spent $316 million to convert to HVO production. Following protests from local farmers, the company shifted its feedstock plans to use less than half of its total demand from palm […]

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Malaysian palm oil reserves highest since January 2000

Malaysian palm oil reserves highest since January 2000

January 10, 2019 |

In Malaysia, Reuters reports that as of the end of December, palm oil stocks reached a new high of 3.2 million metric tons—the highest seen since January 2000—following a total of 19.5 million tons produced during 2018. Though palm oil prices have begun to recover from three-year lows to around $531.87 per ton currently, high […]

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