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Can Palm Oil Demand Be Met Without Ruining Rainforests?

Palm oil is one of the world’s most widely used and controversial commodities. Cheap, efficient and extraordinarily versatile, it’s found in thousands of everyday products, from cookies to shampoo to fuel. Yet surging cultivation of oil palm trees is linked to burning of tropical rainforests and the destruction of wildlife habitats in Southeast Asia. Environmental […]

AirAsia advocates palm oil for its biofuel programme

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Group Bhd (AirAsia) is keen on using palm oil as part of its sustainable programme to develop biofuel-powered flights in the future. AirAsia founder and group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said the low-cost carrier (LCC) is in the midst of conducting a research on palm oil-related biofuel with various […]

Seek bilateral talks for palm oil apart from WTO

MALAYSIA should seek other diplomatic avenues in resolving the palm oil conflict with the European Union (EU) as the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Appellate Body is “paralysed” due to its limited panel members. The arbitrator lost its power to rule in a trade dispute when two of its three remaining judges — the minimum number […]

Lao officials learning benefits of biogas supported by Chinese gov’t

VIENTIANE, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) — Lao government officials are learning the numerous benefits of biogas during a course in capital Vientiane supported by China’s Ministry of Commerce. The opening ceremony of a biogas pit was held on Wednesday in Xaythany district, Lao capital Vientiane and chaired by Vice-chairman of the Laos-China Cooperation Commission under Lao […]

CPO export tax unlikely to affect EU demand, says Malaysian Palm Oil Council CEO

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 — The reinstatement of crude palm oil (CPO) export tax starting next month is unlikely to affect demand for the local commodity in the European Union (EU), according to the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC). Its chief executive officer, Datuk Dr Kalyana Sundram, said the EU market is less troubled by […]

Southeast Asia’s palm oil industry touts sustainability narrative, but activists cast doubts

SIAK, Riau: Kimia Tirta Utama Junior High School is located amid 6,400ha of palm plantation owned by Indonesian palm oil producer PT Kimia Tirta Utama (KTU). With palm trees being a familiar plant in their surroundings, the 282 students are taught sustainable agriculture from an early age.

Homegrown fuel: Jokowi kicks off B30 policy

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has symbolically kicked off the mandatory use of B30 biodiesel – eight days ahead of Jan. 1, when the policy was initially scheduled to go into force. B30 refers to a biodiesel blend containing 30 percent fuel produced from palm oil. “We can say that this B30 policy can save us […]

INNIO agrees to supply biogas engine for planned Thai microgrid

On-site power generator INNIO could help develop a microgrid project in Thailand. INNIO signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to support development of a microgrid demonstration at EGAT’s proposed zero-emissions energy excellence center. The authority is planning to install a Jenbacher gas engine from INNIO which would […]

P2B biomass power plant inaugurated in Negros

The Victorias Milling Company (VMC) inaugurated a 40-megawatt (MW) biomass power plant worth P2 billion in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, on Tuesday, as part of its celebration of 100 years in sugar production. The inauguration was led by VMC president Minnie Chua, VMC Chairman Wilson Young, Senators Cynthia Villar and Juan Miguel Zubiri, Third District […]

MAHB, Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Malindo to help promote palm oil

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), Malaysia Airlines Bhd, AirAsia Group Bhd and Malindo Airways Sdn Bhd are supportive of national campaign to promote Malaysian palm oil to air travellers. In a statement today, Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said the airport operator and three airlines had pledged their support for “Love MY Palm […]