Sustainability in a Global Context: Falling Global Deforestation and GHG Emissions

A recent study to assess the potential carbon emissions from palm oil in Indonesian Borneo, known as Kalimantan, has no bearing on the sustainability of Malaysian palm oil industry. Indonesia and Malaysia may share some geographical and cultural similarities. Both are located in South-East Asia, and both are major palm oil producing countries. Both face challenges to achieving national development, and both seek to improve living standards for citizens.

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International Land Use Not Reflective of Malaysian Land Management Sustainability

A recent study has sought to quantify the potential emissions that would result from palm oil plantation expansion in the Indonesian region of Kalimantan. Campaigners have been quick to use the findings to condemn the industry across the board including Malaysia, despite the fact that the area of study was located in Indonesia – a separate country with its own political system, laws and regulations.

Conflating Malaysia with other countries … Read More


New pest detector will protect small farmers of palm oil

Researchers led by Professor Richard Cooper at the University of Bath have developed a new technique to detect a strain of a fungal disease – called Fusarium oxysporum – which is specific to oil palms and which has had a devastating effect on yields.

Using a technique known as genetic fingerprinting, these scholars have pinpointed the specific strain that causes the disease in oil palm trees. As a result, they … Read More


Malaysian Palm Oil Council Rebukes Proposed French Palm Oil Tax

A statement from the Malaysian Palm Oil Council Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Dr Yusof Basiron on the proposed ‘Nutella Tax’ offered by French Senator Yves Daudigny:

“Malaysia is deeply concerned with French Senator Yves Daudigny’s proposed 300 per cent tax increase on palm oil. The proposal is based on inaccurate claims that palm oil is bad for health and nutrition, and that Malaysia does not respect the environment. Palm … Read More


India’s growing demand for palm oil offers wide-ranging development opportunities

Global demand for vegetable oils is expected to more than double to 230 million tonnes by 2021, driven largely by developing world demand. In India – the world’s largest palm oil importer  cooking oil imports are forecasted to surge 44 percent over the next eight years.  Indian consumption of cooking oils is projected to jump to 23 million metric tons by 2020 from 16 million. The bulk of increased demand … Read More


US Government environment agency visit Malaysia

The US Government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently concluded a visit to Malaysia as part of their assessment of greenhouse gas (ghg) savings from palm oil based biofuels. The final assessment will inform the decision of whether palm oil derived biofuels meet sustainability requirements under the US renewable fuel standard.

The field visit to Malaysia comes after complaints that the EPA initial assessment could not be scientifically substantiated.

Biodiesel produced … Read More


New Report Fails Palm Oil Producers and Food Security

Misleads European Community too with false information about the palm oil industry

Activists and industry competitors have gone to great lengths to mischaracterize the palm oil industry. A critical source of healthy calories for the world and a potential source for sustainable low-carbon energy, critics have consistently placed self-interest above the needs of developing world communities and global food security.

Unfortunately, a recent report released by the Stockholm Environment Institute … Read More


MPOC Letter to the Editor of New Zealand Herald – Boycotting Palm Oil Harms Producers and Consumers

The Editor
The New Zealand Herald
Dear Sir,
The Malaysian Palm Oil Council applauds teenager Ben Dowdle for promoting a cause he believes in (‘How to Avoid Palm Oil’). However, the Herald’s coverage provided a biased view of palm oil that warrants a counterpoint.
The article implies that palm oil production is bad for the environment; and that banning palm oil would be positive.
But consider the benefits of palm … Read More


Malaysian palm oil brings educational opportunities to Liberia

Malaysian investment continues to flow into Africa, bringing with it large-scale contributions and opportunities for local communities.
Recently one Malaysian palm oil company announced dozens of educational scholarships as part of its community development program in Liberia. The Sime Darby Foundation – a philanthropic arm of Malaysian Palm Oil processors Sime Darby Group – announced 27 scholarship worth US$420,000 for Liberian’s to undertake tertiary study.
According to a media announcement, … Read More


Leading Orang-utan expert praises MY example

Respected scientist and orang-utan expert – Dr Erik Meijaard – recently commended Malaysian conservation achievements in an op-ed published in the Jakarta Globe.
Meijaard highlighted Malaysian conservation initiatives as examples where “incredible” animal populations live in close proximity to plantations and settlements; but expressed concern that the activities of local communities in some South-East Asian countries were threatening wildlife populations.
According to Meijaard, most media attention given to conservation in … Read More