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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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