Palm Oil Monitor – Weekly Update 1st October 2018

Indonesia Tries Another Moratorium The Indonesian government has said that it has put in place a presidential instruction that halts new palm oil developments for three years. Various environmental groups have welcomed the announcement, but it should be viewed with a degree of scepticism. First, it’s a presidential instruction or ‘inpres’. This means it is […]

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Palm Oil Monitor – Weekly Update 24th September 2018

COMMENTARY: Is the GAR spat putting the HCS Group at risk? The Golden-Agri Resources-Greenpeace spat has escalated since we wrote about it briefly last week. To recap, GAR appeared to be losing patience with anti-palm oil campaigners, particularly in Europe. This anti-palm sentiment was underlined by Greenpeace’s overtly anti-palm oil ‘Rang Tan’ video. Since then, […]

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Comments on the IUCN Report: “Oil Palm and Biodiversity”

The new IUCN Report Oil Palm and Biodiversity has generated a considerable response in both the French and English media. This includes outlets such as The Guardian and Le Figaro. Unfortunately, the coverage has simply repeated the reductive language of the executive summary, instead of examining the actual findings. Many of the findings in the […]

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Palm Oil Monitor – Weekly Update 24th August 2018

Investors lobby RSPO: Why didn’t they just join? A group of investors sent a letter to RSPO last week, calling on the certification body to implement tighter standards on deforestation. More specifically, they wrote to the Principles and Criteria Review Task Force, calling on it to recommend implementation of HCSA assessments for new plantings under […]

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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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