Palm Oil Monitor Special Edition Exclusive: PM Mahathir’s letter to Macron

Two weeks ago, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir took the step of writing directly to French President Emmanuel Macron to protest the National Assembly’s Finance Bill – and the President signing it into law. The new law ‘declassifies’ palm oil under the country’s renewable energy scheme, meaning it will no longer receive a renewable energy subsidy. […]

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Is Brussels Preparing to Delay Palm Oil Delegated Act?

As the EU institutions return from their extended Christmas and New Year holiday, our Brussels sources inform us that the controversy around palm oil in 2018 looks to continue well into 2019. The EU’s progress on its Delegated Act on biofuels (including palm oil) continues, although not without difficulty, especially on the timeline. The Delegated […]

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Palm Oil Monitor Weekly Update – 10 December 2018

Norway excludes palm from biodiesel Norway has attempted to follow the lead of the European Union and exclude palm-based biodiesel in its biofuels programs. The Norwegian Parliament passed a proposal that called on the current government “to formulate a comprehensive proposal for policies and taxes in the biofuels policy in order to exclude biofuels with […]

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Palm Oil Monitor Weekly Update – 3rd December 2018

Some questions on Greenpeace and Wilmar Palm giant Wilmar appears to be taking a harder line on Greenpeace than ever before. Wilmar’s stance comes after a group of Greenpeace activists boarded a ship off Spain, calling on food manufacturer Mondelez to drop Wilmar as a supplier. Wilmar is understandably incensed given the commitments made at the […]

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Palm Oil Monitor Weekly Update – 26 November 2018

Commission consults – but does it listen? Last week the European Commission held a consultation on the forthcoming Renewable Energy Directive Delegated Act, which will regulate the biofuels market in the European Union from February 2019. By design or coincidence the meeting took place at the same time the revised RED text was passed into […]

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RSPO Daily Update: 15th November 2018

The final day of the Roundtable and the General Assembly produced the results that were expected – with a few minor hiccups. Here are the key takeaways from both, plus some broader questions about the financial future of RSPO. Sabah’s Deputy Chief Minister took a swipe at European NGOs. Deputy Chief Minister YB Datuk Seri […]

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