Palm Oil Monitor Weekly Update – 7th May 2019

Kalla takes on Europe Indonesian Vice-President has used the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in Beijing to launch a broadside at the European Union – specifically over palm oil. In a leaders’ forum hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Kalla stated that the EU’s policies are hampering Indonesia’s ability to achieve the UN Sustainable Development […]

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Palm Oil Monitor Weekly Update – 29th April 2019

GFW Forest Data for 2018: Room for Optimism Global Forest Watch has released its tree cover loss data for 2018. Although media reports have made much of the updated data – according to some, the world’s forests are in an ‘emergency room’ – there are some optimistic signs, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. It’s important to […]

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Palm Oil Monitor Weekly Update – 15th April 2019

Memo from Brussels Delegations from Malaysia and Indonesia visited Brussels last week in order to make their positions clearer on the ban of palm oil from the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The delegations were led by Indonesia’s Economic Coordinating Minister Darmin Nasution and Malaysian Secretary General for the Ministry of Primary Industries Dato’ […]

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Palm Oil Monitor Weekly Update – 2nd April 2019

Malaysia, Indonesia respond to the palm oil ban Both Malaysia and Indonesia have responded aggressively to the final version of the RED Delegated Act. This response isn’t surprising given that palm oil is ASEAN’s largest agricultural export, and Indonesia’s largest export across the board. The latest intel circulating in KL and Jakarta is that: PM […]

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Palm Oil Monitor Exclusive: Analysing the EU’s Scientific Report on Biofuels

Accompanying the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) draft Delegated Act released on 8th February 2019, the European Commission released its scientific report that attempted to determine which crops could be considered ‘high ILUC risk fuel’ feedstocks. The report isolates palm oil as the only feedstock crop that can be considered as presenting a high risk of […]

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