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Saving forest is beyond the power of Indonesia’s government

Saving forest is beyond the power of Indonesia’s government, according to a report in the Jakarta Post. Here’s the extract Agriculture Minister AntonApriyantono on Tuesday defended Indonesia’s drive to expand oil palmplantations, despite a demand by environmentalists for a moratorium ondeforestation. Speaking in his keynote address at the opening of the sixth annualmeeting of the […]

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Pertamina launches biodisel in Indonesia

Palm oil biodiesel is being sold to industry by Pertamina, Indonesia’s state oil company, says Planet Ark. There is no comment about sustainabilty, or biodiversity. Indonesia sees this as one move to reduce dependency on foreign oil.

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Can the EU square ethics with trade, should it even try in biofuels?

Can the EU square its desire to import only biofuels that conform to high ethical standards with the needs of free trade? That might sound like the kind of question we’d be covering in an ethics course (which thankfully we’re not). But it is possible that it could be left to the courts, a number […]

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Indonesia to use 1.2-1.5m kilolitres biofuel/year for fuel

Indonesia might use up to 1.5m kilolitres of biofuel/year domestically if it takes on board the recommendations of the National Biofuel Developement Committee, according to the Jakarta post. Hattip to Green Car Congress

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D1 oils says Jatropha is different in Bali

D1 Oils is saying that biodiesel from Jatropha is different from biodiesel derived from other plant sources at the WTO meeting in Bali,and that not all biodiesel should be tarred with the same brush by NGOs, according to Biofuel Review. There’s a lot to be said for the D1 Oils business approach which seems to […]

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There’s more than palm oil in palm oil

There’s more than palm oil in palm oil, according to a story in ICIS Chemical Business this week, which features Carotech, a company in Indonesia which has found ways of extracting phytonutrients and producing methyl ester from the palm oil in a continuous process. Carotech won an award. Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS.

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Indonesia’s Medco to invest in cassava-based Ethanol

Indonesia’s Medco to invest in cassava-based Ethanol in at least one of three factories it is expecting to build in the country for between $135-144m, according to the Investor daily, quoted by Planet Ark. Medco plans to export the ethanol to India, according to the report. Indonesia plans to plant more than 5 million hectares […]

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Indonesian forests under palm oil threat

Indioneisa’s tropical forests are under threat from illegal logging and palm oil plantations, according to a report in today’s Planet Ark. “Sixty percent of the protected and conservation areas are already badly damaged due to illegal logging and palm oil plantations,” Rully Sumada, a forestry expert with Indonesian environmental group Walhi, told Reuters. Shades of […]

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Bumper palm oil crop for Indonesia

A bumper palm oil crop looks set to be harvested in Indonesia this year, according to Bloomberg. Hattip to plam news

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PT Medco to build three ethanol factories

The Jakarta News blog says that PT Medco is to build three ethanol factories in South Sumatra mainly for domestic fuel demand, but there could be ethanol export capacity…

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