RSPO Preview: Will Smallholders Get a Standard?
The next few weeks are going to be busy for palm stakeholders in the region. A high-profile event for the industry based in Europe will be the 17th Annual Roundtable on Sustainable Palm… Read more
ICAO: Is aviation a new palm-renewables battleground?
As reported in our last issue, a number of NGOs had made aviation fuel a policy issue – taking aim at palm oil. There were, of course, a number of problems with the… Read more
COMMENT: A Decade after G20 Pittsburgh and CGF Zero Deforestation
Just over 10 years ago, the world had its eyes on Pittsburgh for the G20 meeting. The world was expecting major announcements on climate change in the lead-up to the… Read more
COMMENT: EU aid lobby seems happy to ban palm oil. How about fighting fires instead?
This year’s haze event has been highlighted by a number of aid agencies, campaigners and politicians around the world, particularly in the West. But this… Read more
NYDF: Another year, another commitment
The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) has released its first five-year assessment report, and it’s pretty sobering reading for those who were present when the 2014 declaration was signed.
For those who weren’t around… Read more
Malaysia looks for palm friendly UK FTA
Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has called on the UK to commence negotiating a trade agreement with Malaysia once the Brexit process is completed.
Unsurprisingly, he has specifically called on the UK… Read more
Palm is not a Focus for IPCC Experts – only for NGOs, media
The newest IPCC special report on climate change and land is fascinating reading for anyone interested in food production and its impact on the environment. It argues… Read more
EU Introduces Duties on Indonesian Biodiesel
The EU has announced that it will introduce countervailing duties (CVDs) on exports of biodiesel from Indonesia. The EU has set the duties ranging between 8 and 18 per cent across the board, with… Read more
The Renewable Energy Directive’s planned ban on palm oil has taken its toll on the industry, but the battle is far from over as both Malaysia and Indonesia seek to take the EU to the WTO and rally support against… Read more
Palm at the WTO shifts gears
Reuters has reported that Malaysia will put forward its World Trade Organization (WTO) case on the EU’s revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) and palm oil sooner rather than later. Reuters reports that Primary… Read more