It's been a busy few days, the other parts of my job have been pressing and I think that I'm back above water again for a few days at least. One of the more enjoyable things that I have been doing is writing a feature for ICIS Chemical Business on Second Generation Biofuels. I've had good interviews with DSM and Eco-Solutions who are backing different horses. I've also tracked down some details of the efficiency of a pyrolysis solution. But its all under wraps. For now.
I'll post it on here as soon as it appears on the ICIS website. I'm sure you'll let me know what you think about it. I'll look forward to that.
I know it seems that I'm never in. For my American readers, European companies offer at least 25 day's holiday each year, and my generous employer offers slightly more. You'd take them, wouldn't you?... So I am making a dint in my 2009 allocation.
But there'll still be things to see on the blog. I've been setting my good friend Hugh Baker, the task of digging up some videos for me to edit. So keep them peeled, there'll be something to watch over the next couple of days.
More normal service will be resumed on 23 February when I'm back at my desk.
The Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries spoke exclusively to the World Refinning Association ahead of the Asian Biofuels Roundtable
to be held in Malaysia at 23-25 March.
It is interesting that there is no discussion of prior informed consent of the people who live in the land and who may not be farmers. He is exactly right though in terms of the EU's sustainability criteria and how they should integrate with WTO and be science based. Should the Malaysian position on biodiversity be equally science based. If it isn't and it is probably debateable tot he degree that it does conform to prinicples of sustainabilty and biodiversity, does that matter if it is a case of feeding people and ensuring economic prosperity?
The press release follows...
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