Europe’s Renewable Energy Directive and the Implications for Palm Oil

A recent editorial in Europe’s World entitled “Europe’s biofuels policy is protectionist and wrong-headed” by Fredrik Erixon, Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), highlights very troubling developments coming out of the European Union – ones with dangerous consequences for the future use of palm oil-sourced biofuels.

Mr. Erixon’s concerns are with the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the EU biofuels policy that is … Read More

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Feeding The World In The 21st Century

The oil palm is a remarkable crop, providing the most efficient oilseed that feeds millions throughout the world, while contributing to rural development and poverty alleviation. While Western consumers benefit from a low-cost, sustainable vegetable oil, smallholders in the developing world are prospering from the industry.

Right now, the world’s population is a staggering 6.8 billion people. That number is set to rise to nearly 9 billion – almost a … Read More

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The Oil Palm – Taking Malaysia’s Palm Oil Industry to New Levels

Today, The Oil Palm site was announced to counter online propaganda of NGOs against the palm oil industry and highlight the industry’s contributions to global economic development and food security.  Palm oil cultivation is helping developing countries develop, providing an inexpensive and healthy source of food and is helping to increase living standards.  And as one of the most energy efficient sources of renewable energy, palm oil based-biofuels are bringing … Read More

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Malaysia Chronicle: Cooking Sumptuous Feast with Palm Oil

NGAI Wai Heng, a Cantonese, learnt to prepare sumptuous Hakka meals when she married Yee Yon Fah, the eldest son of a Hakka family.

Ngai, still living with her 90-year-old mother-in-law Thye Mooi Ying, explained that it is normal for the wife to follow and adopt the culture of the husband’s family.

The traditional Hakka reunion dishes that Ngai showcased when met in the presence of her still-discerning mother-in-law were … Read More

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Beware cascading effects of EU energy directive

MAJOR palm oil producing countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia must be watchful for the “cascading” effects of the proposed European Union’s (EU) Renewable Energy Directive (RED) next year, warned a visiting European economist.

The EU may be the first to start on a technical regulation and methodology like its RED to address climate change, but the move, if left unchecked, could lead to similar actions by other countries.

Fredrik … Read More

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Malaysia’s Contribution to Low-Cost, Sustainable Energy in Hawaii

In February, the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) announced that it had successfully tested burning palm oil biodiesel at its Kahe Power Plant. This has been an effort nearly three years in the making, with close collaboration with Malaysian palm oil producer, Sime Darby. Unfortunately, the exercise has not been without its detractors, particularly among international environmental pressure groups that see any and all use of palm oil as an environmental … Read More

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EU lawmakers to look into palm oil discrimination claims

European Union (EU) lawmakers are increasingly convinced that Malaysia is on the same path as the EU on the sustainability of palm oil production, but would need more scientific data to support Malaysia’s case.

Dan Jorgensen, who is the vice-chair of the environment, public health and food safety committee in the European Parliament, has promised to bring Malaysia’s case on its discrimination versus other oils in the Renewable Energy Directive … Read More

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EU MP’s Impressed With Palm Oil Industry’s Contribution To Malaysia’s Wealth And Economic Growth

KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 (Bernama) — European Union (EU) Members of Parliament (MPs) are impressed with the palm oil industry’s contribution towards creating wealth and economic growth for Malaysia.

Danish MP Dan Jorgensen, who is Vice-Chairman of the Environment Committee and Member of the Group of Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament said: “We think palm oil has contributed towards creating wealth and the growth of … Read More

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