ICYMI: Palm Oil Producing Countries Unite in Opposition to EU Biofuels Policy

The Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) released a statement outlining its clear opposition to the EU’s proposed action that could define Palm Oil biofuels as risky based on supposed scientific calculations known as Indirect Land-Use Change (ILUC) and High Carbon Stock (HCS).

The CPOPC states: CPOPC is of the view that the use of ILUC to target palm oil would represent a basic violation of the non-discriminatory Read More

ILUC: Europe Tries for Round Three

The European Commission is now underway with preparations for the latest instalment of the saga surrounding Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) criteria. This time, ILUC is only one part of a wider EU attempt to classify all biofuels, including Palm Oil, according to new ‘risk’ criteria. This will mean some biofuels being classed as “high-risk”, and must be restricted. An immediate freeze would be instituted, followed by a gradual phase-out. … Read More

Setting the Record Straight on Australia’s Fake News SBS

Australia’s Special Broadcast Service (SBS) has attempted to “clear the air” for palm sugar consumers, by drawing a hard line between Palm Oil and palm sugar, and the differences in the production of each commodity. The author clearly took a pre-existing assumption – that all Palm Oil is bad – and then wrote an article trying to justify that incorrect assumption. The article contains a number of errors, and is … Read More

European Parliament’s Anti-Palm Oil Bias Strikes Again

Today, the European Parliament votes on its Report on the “Transparent and accountable management of natural resources in developing countries: the case of forests”. It is part of the wider EU campaign to denigrate and discriminate against Palm Oil.

The Report is authored by Finnish MEP Heidi Hautala, a Green Party member. She has been assisted by MEP Katerina Konecna, who previously authored an anti-Palm Oil Report in 2017 that … Read More

Comparing Palm Oil to Plastic: A Cry for Attention by Anti-Palm Oil NGOs

“Is Palm Oil the new Plastic?” asks a recent media article. Here’s the simple answer: No. The more detailed answer is: No, and it’s ridiculous to even suggest that. This is simply an attention-seeking stunt by anti-Palm Oil campaigners in Europe, mainly elites living in London, attempting to link Palm Oil to ‘socially-unacceptable’ products that the bobo London-and-Brussels Europeans consider ‘bad’ for your health and the environment (i.e. – plastic).… Read More

Will the Future UK-Malaysia Partnership be Positive for Palm Oil?

The UK and Malaysia have a long and distinguished diplomatic and economic relationship. The likelihood – and expectation – is that the partnership will grow even further as the UK leaves the European Union and focuses more on Asia and the fast-growing economies of the developing world. At least, this is the rhetoric emerging from the UK government in London. The question for Malaysia – and for the Palm Oil … Read More

The Myths & Facts of the EU Parliament Development Committee’s Report on Palm Oil

This week the European Parliament’s Development Committee (DEVE) voted on a draft report: “Transparent and accountable management of natural resources in developing countries: the case of forests.”

The report is aimed at eventually imposing a ban on Palm Oil imports into Europe used in the food supply chain.

The report is riddled with errors, omissions and misinformation.  It’s necessary to identify and correct these errors, one by one, to … Read More

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Days After Defeat, Europe Renews Its Campaign Against Palm Oil

Today, the European Parliament Development Committee (DEVE) will vote on a report entitled Transparent and Accountable Management of Natural Resources in Developing Countries: The Case of Forests.

The report essentially claims that Palm Oil is the scourge of the world’s problems, and the single largest driver of deforestation.  This is despite the European Commission’s own research consistently proving that this claim is inaccurate.

The vote today in the DEVE … Read More

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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