HCS 101: What Is HCS?

The revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED) that emerged from the European Union recently has provided some direction on where the European biofuels market will head after 2020: but it also left open the door for further, immediate, policy measures in 2018/19. Unfortunately, these policy plans pose more questions than answers at this stage. The core […]

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Palm Oil Monitor – Weekly Update 16th August 2018

New biodiesel mandates in Indonesia and Malaysia The biggest news in palm-based biodiesel – surprisingly – has nothing to do with the European Union. Instead, both sides of the Straits are talking about new rules mandating the use of palm oil methyl esther (PME) in diesel fuels in both Malaysia and Indonesia. Malaysian biodiesel producers […]

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Palm Oil Monitor – Weekly Update 31st July 2018

Malaysia right to be wary of France Malaysia’s Ministry of Primary Industries has issued a statement in response to a comment by the French Ambassador to Malaysia, Frederic Laplanche. Laplanche said, opinion in Europe on palm oil, “is still negative due to concerns on climate change, environmental protection and biodiversity conservation,” and that both governments […]

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Palm Oil Monitor – Weekly Update 26th July 2018

EU-Indonesia Negotiations Update The Indonesia-EU trade agreement negotiations re-started at the beginning of last week in Brussels. The new round comes after what seemed to be an impasse on palm oil and the renewable energy directive. And, as noted last week, European NGOs are already seeking to capitalise on the potential agreement and turn it […]

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ICYMI: The Jakarta Post sets the stage for the EU’s continued war on Palm Oil

Last week, The Jakarta Post published an opinion piece by trade and sustainability consultant and Palm Oil Monitor author, Khalil Hegarty. For months the tumultuous, drawn out battle between the world’s top palm oil producing countries, smallholders and the European Union, regarding a ban on palm oil usage for biofuels was heavily covered and assessed […]

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Palm Oil Monitor – Weekly Update 26th June 2018

RED II: What Will It Mean for Palm Oil? The RED II Trilogue reached something of a conclusion last week after months of wrangling between the EU Commission, Parliament and Council. The compromise was reached after several drafts by the Commission and the Parliament were put forward and subsequently rejected. The proposed ban on palm oil was one […]

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