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Govt plans to double B20 biodiesel consumption next year

The government plans to double the consumption of 20 percent blended biodiesel ( B20 ) amid the declining price of palm oil on the global market. Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Renewable Energy Director General Rida Mulyana said on Monday that the B20 consumption target for next year would be 6.2 million kiloliters. “We expect […]

Malaysia to fully implement new biodiesel programme from Feb 2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Malaysia on Monday said it will start to phase in a higher biodiesel mandate from next month, with the new rule coming into full force from February in an effort to bolster the palm oil industry. The so-called B10 biodiesel programme, which will raise the minimum bio-content that local […]

Philippines mulls tariff on palm oil imports

MANILA, Philippines — Despite the existing tariff-free agreement within the ASEAN region, the Philippines is now mulling to impose duty on palm oil imports amid the possible dumping of the commodity in the country causing a slump in the prices of coconut. The Department of Agriculture (DA) is now investigating the dumping of palm oil […]

We are not against palm oil, but against deforestation: Greenpeace

Environmental watchdog Greenpeace Indonesia has responded to a statement from the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) and the Indonesian Oil Palm Farmers Association (Apkasindo) that called on the government to take firm action against Greenpeace, which they said was harming Indonesia’s economy. “To be clear, Greenpeace is not anti-palm oil, it is anti-deforestation,” Kiki Taufik, head of Greenpeace Indonesia Global […]

WTE incinerators to go on, construction under build and operate scheme

The government is identifying sites to build at least one waste-to-energy (WTE) incinerator in every state within the next two years and the construction contract of the facilities will be done through open tenders. Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin (picture) said each WTE plant’s land plot will take into account the capacity and […]

Work begins on waste-to-energy plant in HCM City

HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City began the construction of a solid waste treatment and recycling factory with capacity able to be raised to meet the demand in Cu Chi district on November 22. The plant, located at the Tay Bac solid waste treatment complex, is invested with nearly 1 trillion VND (42.8 […]

Metro Pacific to build P1 billion bio-energy facility for Dole

MANILA — Metro Pacific Investments Corp said Tuesday it signed agreements to build P1 billion in biogas facilities for Dole Philippines,marking its first foray into bio-energy. Metro Pacific said its unit, Metpower Ventures Power Holdings Inc, through Surallah Biogas Ventures Corp, finalized the deal with Dole Philippines. “The project serves as MPI’s first foray in […]

An Giang offers incentives to investors in renewable energy plants

AN GIANG — The Mekong Delta province of An Giang will offer preferential policies to investors in renewable energy plants as part of its strategy on sustainable development. Investors whose projects are in production and trade, for instance, will be exempt from land lease fees for seven years and will receive other incentives, according to […]

Indonesia boosts domestic palm oil consumption as currency pressures mount

Regulations mandating the use of palm oil in diesel fuel could help ease Indonesia’s dependence on energy imports and stabilise the local currency, while improving prospects for local palm oil producers. In late August President Joko Widodo ratified a regulation mandating the compulsory use of 20 per cent blended biodiesel (B20), which uses palm oil […]

Indonesia and Malaysia sidesteps EU’s trade curb

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Indonesia are not participating in the EU’s Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) Workshop related to biofuels in Brussels, Belgium. In a statement on Thursday, the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) explained that it was because of the likelihood of the EU using the ILUC’s land use criteria to justify […]