A different perspective on the expansion of biofuels in South East Asia, from that of the Wall St Journal, that biofuels spell trouble in SE Asia was given by Malaysia's deputy prime minister at the opening of a conference, according to biopact.
Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a speech prepared for him at the International Biofuel and Alternative Energy Conference in Kuala Lumpur.
"Based on current trends, the oil palm industry is set to continue to grow to satisfy global demand. However, it is important that the expansion be sustainable."
Malaysia is projecting one million tonnes in biofuel production next year for exports, more than double the production of 400,000 tonnes this year. Speaking at the same event, Datuk Sabri Ahmad, chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA), says biofuel demand in Europe and the United States was expanding rapidly in line with the requirement for more environmentally friendly energy. Sabri says that by 2012, Europe would require 10 million tonnes of biodiesel compared to four million tonnes currently. He hopes Malaysia will become a main supplier.
There's plenty of talk about sustainability but precious little that convinces me that Malaysia has really got to grips with the potential for damaging the country's ecosystems. such as rainforrest, except to say that some of the plantations may be on land previously cleared by logging. No need to let the forest regenerate, no need to worry about organg utans, says Commodities Ministry's Parliamentary Secretary Senator Datuk Dr S. Vijayaratnam: According to biopact he said;
Vijayaratnam said there have been criticisms that Malaysian oil palm plantations were adversely affecting the habitat of the orang utan and environment, affecting Malaysia's reputation as one of the major palm oil producers to some degree, but these were not based on facts.
Tell that to the Orang Utan conservancy