Europe: A High-Level Peat CO2 Emitter

The European oilseed industry, through the voice of a small group of rapeseed biofuel associations and companies from Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia and Bulgaria, has once again attacked Palm Oil’s place in European biofuels policy.

Their new line of attack is that Palm Oil’s relationship with peat soils means that it should be left out of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). A similar line is being pursued … Read More

New Research: European Jobs & Exports at Risk if the EU Restricts Palm Oil Biofuels

Kuala Lumpur (11 June 2018) – Today, the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) released new economic research that quantifies the negative impact to major European economies should the EU move ahead with proposed restrictions on Palm Oil biofuels under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

The research finds that almost €40 billion of EU exports and over 350,000 jobs across Europe depend on trade with Palm Oil-producing countries.

Today, EU Energy … Read More

MPOC Chairman: Malaysia is a Global Leader in Agricultural Innovation and Environmental Protection

Kuala Lumpur (24 May 2018) – MPOC Chairman Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor today delivered a keynote address to the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE), describing how Malaysia is a global leader in both agricultural innovation and environmental protection.

The ACRE “Blue-Green” Summit in Brussels focused on how markets and industry can drive environmental solutions. Members of the EU Parliament and senior EU Commission officials participated in the … Read More

EU Fails to Learn Lessons From Past RED Failings

Errors in EU’s GHG calculations identified by German researchers in 2011 & 2012 have never been corrected in Brussels

Much of the current debate around the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) treatment of palm oil is focused on trade: the fact that the proposed ban on palm oil infringes WTO rules; that RED may lead to a wider trade war; and that existing business contracts may even be at Read More

WHY IS THE BBC IGNORING FACTS ABOUT ORANG-UTANS?

The BBC’s upcoming documentary on orang-utans entitled Red Ape is being heavily advertised and trailed in the UK media. One of the documentary contributors, Dr Ben Garrod, has written a highly emotional – but highly unscientific – blog about the BBC’s work on orang-utans.

Unfortunately, the blog contains basic factual errors that are disproven with even a basic understanding of the latest scientific and international research. Of many examples, four … Read More

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Radio Télévision Suisse is like Swiss Cheese: Full of Holes

Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) is spreading lots of Fake News these days about Malaysia and Malaysian Palm Oil.  Their reporting is a lot like their famous cheese: full of holes!

Led by the famous Swiss YouTuber, “Le Grand JD” (we’ve never heard of him) and “journalist” Bernard Genier, they “investigate” alleged risk to tropical forest and indigenous people in Borneo – more precisely in Sarawak, Malaysia – from oil … Read More

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Branson Weighs in on Palm…and Fails

Richard Branson is a smart and successful businessman.

Part of his success has relied on brash, big initiatives. He is opportunistic when he needs to be. And simplifies things to hit the broadest market (otherwise known as the lowest common denominator).

Which is precisely why he shouldn’t talk about palm oil.

Sir Richard has taken to the Virgin Group’s website to lament forest loss and orang-utan loss in the Leuser Read More

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Tackling the Tackler: Norway’s Climate Stance

Norway, a global afterthought since hosting the Winter Olympic Games in 1994, is at it again.

The Norwegian environmental collaborators have kicked off their latest black campaign against Malaysian national interests, and it is aimed at hurting Malaysia’s 650,000 small farmers.

Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) stated in February that it has started an ethical dialogue with three Malaysian banks over their financing of palm oil operations.

NBIM is the … Read More

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Fact Checking the Fake News Media Hype on the Impending Extinction of Orang-utans

There has been widespread coverage in European media of a new “academic paper” by a German student that contains hyperbolic descriptions of the decline of orang-utan populations in Borneo. Media reports and NGOs have linked the research to oil palm cultivation and the use of palm oil in Western countries.

The timing of the report is deeply suspect. Palm oil producers have aggressively pushed back against Europe’s discriminatory attempt … Read More

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Is The UK Serious About ASEAN Trade Links?

The Malaysian Government is looking for allies against the EU Parliament’s plan to ban Palm Oil biofuels: will the UK support its South-East Asian friends?

On Wednesday 17th January, the EU Parliament voted through its position on the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). This included a provision to ban all Palm Oil biofuels in Europe, after 2021. Other oilseeds are allowed to continue operating: the ban is only aimed at … Read More

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