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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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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POM Exclusive: Documents Detail RED Negotiations in Brussels

The Palm Oil Monitor has gained exclusive access to the latest internal documents on the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) ahead of today’s Trilogue in Brussels. The documents reflect the fierce debate that is underway in Brussels over the future of palm oil biofuels, evidenced by the intense lobbying campaign on both sides.  One thing […]

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