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The Malaysian Minster of Plantation Indusries on sustainability

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 […]

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Journal of Conservation Biology slams palm oil plantations

According to a report on the BBC today, the Journal of Conservation Biology says that palm oil plantations are bad for biodiversity in countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia. It takes a higher degree, a research grant and the whole peer-review process to decided that planting one species where there were many hundreds reduces biodiversity… […]

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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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EU Parliament’s decison to change its biofuel approach worries Malaysians

The European Parliament’s decision to change its approach to biofuels has worried the Malaysian government, accroding to a report in Bernama.com.The Euroepan parliament decided on 11 September that there would be a binding 5% quota on the use of biofuels across Europe by 2015 but that there should be less emphasis on palm oil, soya […]

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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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Palm oil at new high on food sector demand

Palm oil is at a new high on food sector demand, according to my colleague Anu Agrual, writing from Singapore on ICIS news. Disclosure (I work for ICIS: About ICIS) The key message from the story is that in the far east Palm oil is more highly valued as food than as a fuel and […]

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Malaysia’s palm oil crop is hit by bad weather

Malaysia’s palm oil crop is hit by bad weather, according to a report on AFX. The harvest looks to be about 14m tonnes compared to 16.5m tonnes predicted earlier in the year. That’s not going to help biodisel production economics. Neither is the news, further down the article that Malaysia is running out of land […]

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Malaysia delay’s mandatory 5% biodisel

Malaysia is delaying the implimentation of a law demanding that 5% of diesel fuel sold in the country is made of a rewnewable source because of the increasing cost of palm oil, according to a report on Thompson Financial. The report says: The current high price of biofuel raw material, namely refined, bleached and deodorised […]

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Malaysia Board on EU biodiesel policy

Tan Sri Dr Yusof Basiron the CEO of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council explained why he thinks the European Union needs to get its own house in order before considering preventing non-certificated palm oil imports for use in biodiesel in the New Straights Times last Saturday. The European Commission is considering a certification process to measure […]

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