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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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Round table on sustainable palm oil and NGO disquiet

The Round Table on Sustainable Palm oil used its fifth meeting in Kuala Lumpur last week to outline its certification scheme for sustainable palm oil on a quick reading of the headings it seems to give some protection to indigenous people, but there is the possibility that some of the green groups that are part […]

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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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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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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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Blending levels and biofuels

BP and the German biofuel group Verband der Deutschen Biokraftstoffindustrie (VDB) have fallen out over the level of blending and the type of biodisel to be blended in Germany, according to a report on ICIS news (Disclosure: I work for ICIS. About ICIS) BP says the level is too high –and that car engine makers […]

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High price of edible oils slows Asian biofuel production

The high price of edible oils slows Asian biofuel production, according to a report from ICIS news by my pal Anu Agarwal in Singapore (Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS) “No more than 10 biodiesel plants are running in Asia,” said Chris De Lavigne, Global VP Consulting at Frost and Sullivan. And most are […]

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Greenpeace and the threat to Orang Utans

I’ve written a bit about the threat to orang utans from biodiesel made from palm oil in southeast Asian countries. There is a really powerful video from Greenpeace that makes the point more eloquently than I can. Here it is. hattip to Its the only one we have

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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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Biofuels may be green but look increasingly bloody

Biofuels may be green but look increasingly bloody in Columbia, where according to the Guardian on line… Armed groups in Colombia are driving peasants off their land to make way for plantations of palm oil, a biofuel that is being promoted as an environmentally friendly source of energy. Farmers who have been forced off their […]

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