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Firefly Takes off First Flight Powered by Renewable Aviation Fuel

(New Straits Times) Firefly Sdn Bhd today (September 8, 2022) operated its first flight powered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The initiative is part of Malaysia Aviation Group’s (MAG) sustainability plan to reach zero carbon emissions by 2050. The flight is the first domestic passenger flight powered by SAF, with a SAF

September 12, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel around the World 2022

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Many countries are now active with Sustainable Aviation Fuel — but how much where, and when, and what? The bulk of activity continues to come from the US — however, the EU has been gaining momentum, and Asia of late has been highly active. Several technologies

August 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Producing Biodiesel from Palm Kernel Shells

by Reginald Davey (AZO Materials)  A new paper appearing in the journal Environmental Research has explored the production of biodiesel from palm kernel shells, an agricultural waste stream. Scientists from Malaysia, Brunei, and Oman have contributed to the research. … … Palm oil is a widely used product in the

August 25, 2022 Read Full Article

IWK, EMB to Pioneer Production of Ethanol and Biogas from Wastewater

by Shafiqqul aliff (Malaysian Reserve)  Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and collaborated with EMB Business Sdn Bhd to pioneer the production of ethanol and biogas generated from wastewater processing for commercial purposes. Environment And Water Minister (KASA) Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man

August 9, 2022 Read Full Article

PM: Malaysia to Be Positioned as Biomass Hub

by Nuradzimmah Daim (New Straits Times)  Malaysia will step up efforts to use materials derived from commodity by-product to reduce waste and generate more revenue. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said biomass sources had been identified to produce value-added products. “Malaysia can emerge as a biomass hub, which is appropriate

July 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Mercedes F1 Motor Racing Team in Multi-Million-Dollar SAF Investment to Reduce Its Aviation Carbon Footprint

by Christopher Surgenor (Green Air Online) The Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS FI motor racing team is the latest corporate to announce a commitment to investing in sustainable aviation fuel in efforts reduce its Scope 3 aviation carbon footprint. The sports industry is one of the biggest users of aviation and as the first global

July 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Premier: Outcome of Algae Biofuel Research Maybe Known in Six Months

by Antonia Chiam On (Borneo Post) Research on algae for biofuel production is still ongoing, with the outcome to be known in possibly six months, said Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg. “We are still researching the production of fuel using renewable sources, one of them being algae.

June 27, 2022 Read Full Article

USGC Hosts Ethanol Seminar for Malaysia Fuel Industry

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine) To introduce the concept of fuel ethanol in Malaysia and underscore the benefits importers can capture by including it in their import specifications, the U.S. Grains Council’s staff in Southeast Asia and Oceania (SEA&O) recently conducted a hybrid seminar with major Malaysian oil and gas

June 8, 2022 Read Full Article

More Malaysia Airlines Flights to Be Powered by Biofuel in Next 12 Months

(Business Times) Neste, Petronas are suppliers; In conjunction with World Environment Day, Malaysia Airlines has operated its first passenger flight using Neste MY SAF on flight MH603 from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. — Malaysia Aviation Group, the parent company of Malaysia Airlines, is looking at rolling out more flights using sustainable

June 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Be Part of History: Travel on Malaysia Airlines’ First Passenger Flight Powered by Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Malaysia Airlines)  Malaysia Airlines is proud to announce that it will operate the first passenger flight using Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) between Kuala Lumpur – Singapore via MH603 and Singapore – Kuala Lumpur via MH606 on 5 June 2022, in conjunction with World Environment Day. These flights reaffirm the national airline’s

June 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Exclusive-Malaysia May Cut Palm Oil Export Tax by Half Amid Global Supply Crisis

by Mei Mei Chu and A. Ananthalakshmi (Reuters) Malaysia’s commodities ministry has proposed cutting the export tax on palm oil by as much as half to help fill a global edible oil shortage and grow the market share of the world’s second-largest palm oil producer. Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister

May 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Six Important Biofuel Crops for Fuel Production

by Chintu Das (Krishi Jagran)  Biofuels and biofuel crops have long been used as a fossil fuel replacement. Biofuel is a low-carbon fuel that is made from biomass rather than the extremely slow geological processes that generate fossil fuels. Biofuel demand is predicted to increase in the next several years, possibly

May 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Will Indonesia’s Ban on Palm Oil Exports Derail Renewable Diesel Growth in the U.S.?

by Tyne Morgan (AgWeb) Soybean oil prices hit nearly limit up in overnight trading after Indonesia announced it will effectively ban palm oil exports as of April 28 due to soaring domestic prices. While no timeline was given on the announced export ban, Indonesia said the ban on palm oil exports

April 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Driving up Renewable Fuel Technology

(Sulzer Chemtech) Sulzer Chemtech will provide a BioFlux® technology package to support the creation of the Sabah Maju Jaya Renewable Energy Industrial Complex (SMJREIC) in Malaysia. This new state-of-the-art facility will produce sustainable fuels with limited greenhouse gases emissions by using locally-sourced, renewable feedstock. By leveraging Sulzer Chemtech’s leading expertise

March 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Discrepancy in British and Irish Used Cooking Oil Imports Raises Biofuel Fraud Concerns

by Sean Goulding Carroll (EURACTIV.com)  A new analysis suggests more Malaysian used cooking oil (UCO) was exported to Britain and Ireland than was collected in the country, raising fears that banned substances are being fraudulently passed off as the valuable biofuel feedstock. Malaysia collects 48-71 kilotonnes of UCO annually, or around

March 8, 2022 Read Full Article

EU Biofuel Plan Increases Risk of Fraudulent Imports from Asia: Study

by Sean Goulding Carroll (EURACTIV) EU proposals aimed at cutting transport emissions risk boosting the amount of fraudulent used cooking oil (UCO) imported into the EU, according to a new study by the International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT), a US-based non-profit organisation. The study, published on Tuesday (22 February), compares UCO collection

February 28, 2022 Read Full Article

Malaysian Airlines’ Takes off with SAF

(Biofuels International) Malaysia Airlines has operated its first flight using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in partnership with PETRONAS and Neste. The flight marks the airline’s commitment to making SAF the cleaner and more viable energy option for regular flights by 2025. The Airbus 330-200 aircraft departed Amsterdam Airport Schiphol using

February 3, 2022 Read Full Article
International Conference on Biomass Conversion and Biofuels   —   August 30-31, 2022   —   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  ONLINE

International Conference on Biomass Conversion and Biofuels — August 30-31, 2022 — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ONLINE

The International Research Conference is a federated organization dedicated to bringing together a significant number of diverse scholarly events for presentation within the conference program. Events will run over a span of time during the conference depending on the number and length of the presentations. With its high quality, it

January 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Subsidised Cooking Oil Sold in Biodiesel Market for Easy Profit

(The Sun Daily/Bernama) Some wholesalers and repackaging companies (repackers) are selling subsidised used cooking oil to the biodiesel market for a lucrative profit due to the high price offered for used cooking oil. Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Datuk Rosol Wahid said that one kilogramme of used cooking

January 17, 2022 Read Full Article

Complete Global Guide: The Digest’s Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2022

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  65 countries have targets or mandates–how much, where, when and what?  READ MORE Commodities 2022: European biofuel mandates to structurally shift ethanol demand higher in the year (S&P Global Platts) European Biofuel Mandates to Structurally Shift Ethanol Demand Higher in The Year (Biofuels Central) Malaysia

January 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Viewpoint: HVO Capacity Growth to Test Feedstock Supply

by Lauren Moffitt (Argus Media) Decarbonisation pledges have increased during a landmark year for global climate diplomacy with the UN’s Cop 26 climate conference, with investment in biofuels positioned centre stage of many transition plans. Asia-Pacific in 2022 will see an intensifying scramble to buttress feedstock supply chains ahead of several

December 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Use to Decline in EU

by Sean Pratt (Western Producer) There is a good news/bad news scenario emerging for canola oil in the European Union’s biodiesel sector, according to a Rabobank report. The bad news is that diesel demand is expected to fall with the increased adoption of electric and hydrogen vehicles. The electric share of new

December 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Malaysia Airlines Flies the First Flight in Malaysia Using Sustainable Aviation Fuel – PETRONAS and Neste Collaborate with the Airline to Mark a Major Milestone in Malaysia’s Aviation Industry

(Neste) Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia, today operated its inaugural flight using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in partnership with PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB) and Neste. The flight marks Malaysia Airlines’ commitment to make SAF the cleaner and more viable energy option for regular flights by 2025. The historic flight

December 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Malaysia, Chinese Firm Sign Deal on 2nd-Generation Biodiesel, Biojet Fuel

by Mei Mei Chu (Channel News Asia)  Malaysia and China’s state-owned Shanxi Construction Investment Group on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the production of second-generation biodiesel and biojet fuel. Shanxi Construction plans to invest in a hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) plant, also known as second-generation biofuel,

December 14, 2021 Read Full Article

The Renewable Era

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  RENEWABLES ON THE UP: The world is getting more renewables, but it won’t be enough to hit net-zero global emissions by 2050, according to the International Energy Agency’s 2021 renewables report released today. … IEA is also projecting strong biofuels growth this year, outpacing

December 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Fueling Biodiesel Adoption – Sulzer Chemtech’s Tech Helps Vegetable Oil Producer Enter Biofuel Market

(Sulzer Chemtech/Biofuels Digest) Businesses interested in producing biodiesel need advanced processing solutions that can achieve high purity levels while maximizing the recovery of this fuel. When Bremfield Sdn Bhd, a leading Malaysian vegetable oil processor, was looking to add biodiesel to its product portfolio, Sulzer Chemtech’s distillation technology offered an

November 3, 2021 Read Full Article

In Secret Tapes, Palm Oil Execs Disclose Corruption, Brutality

by Desmond Butler (Washington Post)  … Global Witness’s two-year investigation is a rare behind-the-scenes look at the corruption, labor abuses and destructive environmental practices in an industry that is clearing carbon-rich rainforests and emitting greenhouse gases at a rate that has become a growing concern for climate scientists. The world’s

October 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Germany to End Palm Oil Use in Biofuels from 2023 – Ministry

by Michael Hogan (NASDAQ/Reuters) Germany will end the use of palm oil as a raw material to produce biofuels from 2023, the country’s environment ministry said on Wednesday. — … Germany will instead give a quota for minimum use of waste materials for biofuel production, the ministry said the cabinet had

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

CPOPC Files Objection to EU Targeting Palm Oil in RED II Delegated Act Determining High ILUC-Risk Feedstock

(The Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC)/EurActiv) The decision to target palm oil was based on uncertain science and outdated knowledge which was used in counterintuitive policymaking. Despite continuous criticism from the palm oil industry, the EU appears to be indifferent when it comes to the politics of trade, affirming

September 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Stepping into the Biofuel Market

(Biofuels International)  Businesses interested in producing biodiesel need advanced processing solutions that can achieve high purity levels while maximising the recovery of this fuel. When Bremfield, a leading Malaysian vegetable oil processor, was looking to add biodiesel to its product portfolio, Sulzer Chemtech’s distillation technology offered an effective solution with

August 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Chinese Biodiesel Producers Chase High-Value Feedstocks

by Amandeep Parmar (Argus Media) Chinese biodiesel and feedstock suppliers are diversifying to get more value for their money with ever-evolving European legislation regarding waste feedstock incentives. Brown grease is becoming increasingly fashionable among suppliers, of which 18 in China are now registered with the main International Sustainability and Carbon Certification

August 17, 2021 Read Full Article

CPOPC Urges the EU to Rethink Its Palm Oil Policy

(Biofuels International)  The Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) has again urged the European Union to revise its approach on vegetable oils in biofuels. This comes under the framework of RED II in light of the upcoming revision of the directive on 14 July. Additionally there is the Commission’s

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Indonesia’s B30 Program to Drive Global Biodiesel Production in 2021-2030: Report

by Aditya Kondalamahanty  (S&P Global)  Indonesia’s use of palm oil to make biodiesel to rise by 23% by 2030; Biodiesel use projected to increase by 7% over coming decade; Palm oil production expected to weaken on sustainability, land constraints Indonesia will be the main driver for increasing use of vegetable oil as feedstock

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Investing in Palm Biofuels Gets a RED Card from Brussels

(Palm Oil Monitor) Last week the Commission released its ‘Climate Taxonomy’ document. Basically, this is a new set of regulations that determine whether an investment by an EU bank or institution can be considered ‘climate friendly’. This regulation has been in train for some time, and is likely to have major ramifications going

June 21, 2021 Read Full Article

WTO Accepts Malaysia’s Request to Examine EU Palm Oil Rules

by Mei Mei Chu and Emma Farge (Reuters) -The World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreed to a request from Kuala Lumpur to establish a panel examining a European Union law that restricts the use of palm oil-based biofuels, Malaysia’s government and a Geneva-based trade source said on Monday. Under the EU’s renewable energy

June 19, 2021 Read Full Article

B20 Biodiesel Plan to Be Carried out by End-2022

(Bloomberg/CarSifu)  Malaysia, the world’s second-biggest palm oil producer, expects its B20 biofuel plan to be implemented nationwide by the end of 2022, according to Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali. Malaysia’s B20 programme in the transport sector, which entails a 20% mix of palm-biodiesel into

June 16, 2021 Read Full Article

European Union and Certain Member States — Certain Measures Concerning Palm Oil and Oil Palm Crop-Based Biofuels

(World Trade Organization) Malaysia submitted its second request for a panel to examine certain measures imposed by the European Union and EU member states regarding palm oil and oil palm crop-based biofuels from Malaysia. Malaysia’s first request was blocked by the EU at the DSB meeting on 28 April.  Malaysia said

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Insight: Policy Delays Slow Biofuels Market Growth

by Tom Brown (Independent Commodity Intelligence Services) Shifting government priorities are continuing to weigh on the growth of biofuels, with the policy-driven sector buffeted by delays in new legislation and low fossil fuel costs. The public commitments by most governments to emissions-reduction, and the decarbonisation of heavy industry to meet

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article

The Extraordinary ReMaking of Ordinary Things, Pt 3: J&J Green Paper Reinvents the Paper Coffee Cup with an Alternative to Plastic

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Derived from widely available plant material, JANUS coated paper can be custom-shaped and when coated, creates moisture resistance equivalent to petroleum-coated products. Unlike the old school petroleum-coated paper, J&J’s green paper technology is recyclable, compostable and made with zero petroleum additives, making it safe

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 13: What Fuel Can My Car or Truck Use? What about My Motorcycle?

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) With so many options showing up at some gas stations, what should I choose? E85 and Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) We’ve retrofitted my 2002 Ford Focus to be able to use E85, 85% renewable ethanol. (Watch the video!)  You can also buy flex fuel vehicles

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Transport Energy & Renewables in the EU – What the Latest Commission Data Tells Us

by James Cogan (Ethanol Europe/Biofuels Digest) … Oil maintains an overwhelming grip on the sector with a steady 94% share. The rest is biofuels with 5.6% and renewable electricity with 0.6%. Three quarters of the extra energy demand over the period was met by oil. 98% of renewables growth was

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

EU Demand for Palm Oil-based Biofuel May Evaporate before End-2030: Sumwin CEO

by Amir Imran Husain Safri (The Sun Daily) Palm oil-based biofuel demand from the European Union (EU) might disappear before the end-2030 implementation deadline imposed by Europe’s Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II), according to Sumwin Group’s founder and CEO, U.R. Unnithan. The directive’s indirect land-use change (ILUC) risk criteria dictate

March 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Leading Palm Oil Producers Formulate Strategy to Safeguard Industry

(Biofuels International)  Malaysia will discuss with Indonesia a plan to formulate the best strategy to protect the oil palm industry of both countries for the future. Malaysia’s Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has called for the framework of the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) to be strengthened

February 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Austria to End Crediting of Biofuels from Palm Oil in July

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP)/Biobased Diesel Daily)  The accounting of biofuels with a high risk of indirect land use change (iLUC) will end in Austria July 1. This exclusion is provided for in the late-January amended legal provision of the fuel ordinance. The Austrian federal

February 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Air Quality Impacts of Palm Biodiesel in Indonesia

by Jane O’Malley, Stephanie Searle, and Tenny Kristiana (International Council on Clean Transportation) As Indonesia moves toward more advanced vehicle emission standards, lower sulfur limits in fuel, and palm biodiesel expansion, it is important to understand the impact that increasing palm biodiesel blending rates is likely to have on vehicle emissions. This

January 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Malaysia to File WTO Lawsuit against EU on Jan 15, Says Minister

by Shaheera Aznam Shah  (Malaysian Reserve) Mohd Khairuddin says we will continue to fight against any discriminatory actions which pose a threat to the country’s economy and rakyat’s livelihood — Malaysia will file its lawsuit against the European Union (EU) on the trade bloc’s policy of phasing out palm oil-based biofuel imports

January 16, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2021

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 65 countries. Get the latest up to the minute new information on the Canada Clean Fuels Standard as well as a

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Higher Blending Mandate to Help Offset EU’s Lower Palm Oil Demand, Says Biodiesel Association

(Malay Mail) A nimble push into higher biodiesel blends such as B40 — 40 per cent blend of palm oil-derived biodiesel — by Indonesia and B30 by Malaysia will help to mitigate the negative effects of the European Union’s (EU) lower palm oil demand for biofuel, the Malaysian Biodiesel Association said.

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

CBP Issues Withhold Release Order on Palm Oil Produced by Forced Labor in Malaysia

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Effective December 30, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel at all U.S. ports of entry will detain palm oil and products containing palm oil produced by Sime Darby Plantation Berhad and its subsidiaries, joint ventures, and affiliated entities in Malaysia. The issuance of a

December 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia Export Levy Revision to Support Crude Palm Oil Prices, Stability Key

(Fitch Ratings)   The revision in Indonesia’s export levy structure should support Indonesia’s biodiesel consumption growth in 2021 by boosting collections to fund the subsidy burden, Fitch Ratings says. This will also support crude palm oil (CPO) prices, and the Malaysian benchmark should average higher than our assumption of USD560/tonne (t)

December 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Asia’s RCEP Trade Deal to Remove Biofuel Tariffs

by Amandeep Parmar (Argus Media) A new free-trade agreement (FTA) between 15 Asia-Pacific countries will phase out tariffs on a host of biofuels and feedstocks, although existing trade flows may limit the immediate market impact. The Regional Economic Comprehensive Partnership (RCEP) was signed yesterday by China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Petronas Looks to Achieve Net Zero Carbon Emissions Status by 2050

by Sambit Mohanty (S&P Global Platts)  Malaysia’s state-run Petronas has set a target to achieve net zero carbon emissions status by 2050 as it steps up efforts to embrace cleaner forms of energy, joining a growing list of global oil firms looking to transform themselves into integrated energy firms in

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

India Can Stop Palm Oil Deforestation in Southeast Asia

by Tammy Klein (Future Fuel Strategies)  … India is the largest consumer of palm oil. It is an extremely versatile ingredient that is firmly a part of our daily lives. According to WWF, palm oil is present in close to 50% of the packaged goods we regularly buy from supermarkets or online

October 29, 2020 Read Full Article

FGV Announces Additional 35,600 MT Storage Tanks to Fulfil Market Demands

(FGV Holdings)  … Due to increasing market demand and to fulfil the government B20 biodiesel mandate for the transport sector, FGV has expanded its bulking facility by adding six new vegetable oil storage tanks. Four of the tanks are located in Pasir Gudang, Johor with 10,400 MT capacity completed in

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

CBP Issues Detention Order on Palm Oil Produced with Forced Labor in Malaysia

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Effective September 30 at all U.S. ports of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will detain palm oil and palm oil products made by FGV Holdings Berhad and its subsidiaries and joint ventures. CBP’s Office of Trade directed the issuance of a Withhold Release

October 1, 2020 Read Full Article

AD and Biogas Industry Awards 2020 Shortlist Revealed

(Bioenergy Insight) … The awards, run by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) and the World Biogas Association (WBA), recognise achievements in biogas innovation, clever use of outputs, international knowledge exchange and collaboration, financing and more. Originally launched by ADBA in 2010 for the UK market, the awards became

September 22, 2020 Read Full Article

EECi Biorefinery Project almost 50% Complete

(The Nation/Thailand) The Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi) project is 45 per cent complete and will be ready for operation by June 2021, EECi director Jengrit Khanatharana, who is also the National Science and Technology Development Agency deputy director, said. The project area will cover 3,454 rai in Rayong. “In

September 10, 2020 Read Full Article

From Americas to EU, Asia, Africa, Who’s Got What?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuel Mandates Around the World 2020

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today, biobased mandates around the world. Where are the markets you can count on, how much can you count on? 65 countries in all, We’ll be focusing especially on new information out of Argentina, Brazil, Britain after Brexit, Canada, the European Union, China, India, Indonesia,

September 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Enhanced Biodiesel Programme, New Markets Help Boost Palm Price, Says Deputy Minister

(Malay Mail/Bernama)  The biodiesel improvement programme and initiatives in the country as well as opening of new markets have contributed to the increase in palm oil price currently, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Deputy Minister Willie Mongin. … “We are optimistic and confident of at least maintaining the price at

September 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia Picks Up Allies In WTO Palm Fight

(Palm Oil Monitor)  Indonesia has picked up a number of allies in its battle with the EU over the bloc’s ban of palm oil in its renewable energy scheme. An additional 18 countries have reserved their rights to participate in the proceedings as third parties. These include palm producers Malaysia, Thailand, Guatemala,

August 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Sime Darby Plantation Publishes Its Oil Palm Genome to Support the Company’s Ambition for a Deforestation-Free Industry

(Sime Darby) Publication of the research is to enable other researchers to accelerate their ability to increase oil palm yield. Over 10 years of research and RM150 million of investment in R&D has resulted in a much more detailed genome sequence than what has been publicly available before, with identification

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

UPDATE 1-Malaysia to File WTO Legal Action against EU over Restrictions on Palm Biofuel

by Mei Mei Chu (Today) Malaysia, the world’s second largest palm oil producer, will take legal action against the European Union’s restrictions on palm oil-based biofuels with the World Trade Organization (WTO), calling the policy a “discriminatory action”. Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said on Wednesday the

July 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Low Crude Oil Prices Put Pressure on Malaysia, Indonesia Biodiesel Mandates

(The Edge Markets/Bernama) With demand for crude oil dropping sharply, leading to a steep fall in crude oil prices, the viability of the biodiesel business has also weakened significantly, putting both Malaysia and Indonesia’s biodiesel mandates under pressure. However, there is a silver lining in the dark clouds, as the world has seen

June 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste’s Palm Oil and PFAD Traceability Dashboards Have Been Updated – Updates Twice a Year

(Neste) Neste has updated its traceability dashboard which provides detailed data on the company’s palm oil and palm fatty acid distillate (PFAD, a processing residue of refining food-quality palm oil) supply chains. The site provides a map service from which users can find the locations of Neste’s suppliers and review data on suppliers’

May 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Tapping into Technology to Improve Palm Oil Yields

(Biofuels International)  Malaysian palm oil producers have been urged to use technology to improve yield as the industry wrestles with concerns about sustainability, the chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) revealed. Malaysia, the world’s second biggest palm oil producer, has set a cap of 6.5 million hectares on

May 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Malaysia to Delay Start of B20 Biodiesel Mandate Due to Virus Curbs

by Mei Mei Chu (Reuters) Malaysia’s Commodities Ministry has asked companies to delay the nationwide implementation of the B20 biodiesel mandate as the country grapples with the coronavirus outbreak, according to an official letter reviewed by Reuters on Thursday. The mandate for biofuel with 20% palm oil component will be delayed

April 16, 2020 Read Full Article

INSIGHT: Europe Glycerine Spot Prices Post Triple-Digit Rises on Fears of further Biodiesel Output Cuts

by Samantha Wright (Independent Commodity Intelligence Services) European glycerine spot prices faced triple digit increases this week as availability tightened significantly, with players concerned that upstream biodiesel production will fall further through the second quarter. Refined vegetable glycerine prices shot up €130/tonne on the low end and €230/tonne on the high

April 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Article: How COVID-19 Will Affect Global Biofuels Demand

(IHS Markit/FO Licht)  There is also early evidence that as restrictions have been lifted in China, more people there are preferring to travel by private cars or taxis rather than taking public transport—it is highly likely this will happen in Europe too. … For the EU-27, diesel demand in 2020

April 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Vegetable Oil Prices under Pressure Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine) The vegetable oil markets are currently extremely calm. The coronavirus pandemic is creating pressure in the financial and commodities markets and also pulling down spot prices for oilseeds and byproducts. Above all, crude oil has lost substantial ground in the wake of the oil output dispute between OPEC and

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia Prepares for Battle in Switzerland… Malaysia Lobbies in the UK … The 3-monochloropropane diol (3-MCPD) Debate ….

(Palm Oil Monitor)  This week Indonesia and the EU are meeting in Geneva for a WTO consultation over the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The meeting is the culmination of a months-long public battle of words over the introduction of the measure. Over the past few months Indonesian lawmakers and

February 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Teresa Kok to Engage Europe on Direction of Malaysian Oil Palm Industry

(The Edge Markets/Bernama) Malaysia will engage four European countries next week on the direction of the Malaysian oil palm industry, to address the widespread anti-palm oil campaign in the continent. Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said she would expound on the four policies of the national oil palm industry to government representatives

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Two New Standards to Support National B20 Biodiesel Fuel Programme

(Bernama/The Edge Markets) The Department of Standards Malaysia (Standards Malaysia) has developed two new Malaysian standards, namely MS123-4 High PME diesel fuel — Specification — Euro 2M and MS 123-5 High PME diesel fuel — Specification – Euro 5, in support of the national B20 biodiesel programme. B20 is a blend

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Palm Oil Prices to Climb 17.9% in 2020 on Tight Supplies, Biodiesel Programs: Reuters Poll

by Mei Mei Chu (Reuters)  Average palm oil prices will surge 17.9% this year, a Reuters poll of industry participants showed, as reduced output in the first half of the year and higher biodiesel consumption in top producers Indonesia and Malaysia tighten the market. … Indonesia and Malaysia together account for

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

New Study Finds ‘Insignificant’ Link between US Biofuel Policy and Deforestation in Southeast Asia

(Biofuels International)  A new study carried out by economic modelling experts from Purdue University in the US has found the impacts of US biofuel policy on deforestation in Malaysia and Indonesia to be insignificant. The study, titled ‘US Biofuel Production and Policy Implications for Land Use Changes in Malaysia and

January 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Oil Giant Eni Fined €5m for Deceiving Consumers over Its ‘Green’ Diesel

(Government Europa) Italian regulators today (January 15, 2020) fined Italy’s oil giant Eni over advertisements on TV and in newspapers, digital media and petrol stations that falsely claimed Eni Diesel+ was ‘green’.  The watchdog states that the marketing campaign deceives consumers when it claims that the ‘green’ diesel has a positive

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Jokowi Says EU Palm Oil Restrictions Are ‘Act of Trade War’

by Telly Nathalia (Jakarta Globe) he European Union had provoked a “trade war” by issuing discriminative restrictions on Indonesian palm oil, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo tweeted on Saturday.  “Indonesia has 13 million hectares of oil palm plantations that produce 46 million tons [of crude palm oil, or CPO] per year. The EU

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Transport Sector in Langkawi Starts Using B20 Biodiesel: Kok

(Bernama/Sun Daily)  The island of Langkawi has begun using the 20% Biodiesel blend methyl esters content or the B20 Biodiesel in the transport sector since Jan 1, 2020.  Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok (pix) said Petronas through the Kampung Tok Senik petrol station in the island has become the first petrol station in

January 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Minister: Govt to Channel 50pc of Crude Palm Oil Windfall Tax to Biofuel Fund

(Malay Mail/Bernama)  At least 50 per cent of the crude palm oil (CPO) windfall tax will be channelled to the biofuel stabilisation fund, which is expected to be set up within the first quarter of this year, says Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok. … Earlier in the forum, she said

January 7, 2020 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2020

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 64 countries have targets or mandates – but how much where, and when, and what?  Besides the EU, the major blending mandates that will drive global demand are those set in the US, China and Brazil – each of which has set targets – or, in

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Palm and PME Ride a Crest of Optimism into 2020

by Donavan Lim (S&P Global Platts) Indonesian PME exports to sink; CPO production stalls; B30 to support consumption  —  Analysts and traders fixated on the elevated crude palm oil stockpile at the beginning of 2019 are left cheering as CPO stocks fell across Malaysia and Indonesia while prices rallied to MR 2,684/mt (US

December 27, 2019 Read Full Article

B20 Biodiesel for Transport Sector to Be Launched in Phases Next Year: Teresa Kok

(Bernama/Sun Daily) The B20 biodiesel programme for the transport sector is expected to be launched in phases next year, that would give a fillip to the crude palm oil (CPO) price which is projected to reach RM3,000 per tonne. Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok Suh Sim (pix) said the programme

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

S.Korea’s SK Chemicals Explores Biodiesel Use in Shipping Fuel for IMO 2020

by Jane Chung (Reuters) * S.Korea No.1 biofuel maker testing marine fuel products – exec; * Clear IMO guidelines, legislation for biofuel blending needed; * Says capacity expansion under consideration  — SK Chemicals , South Korea’s top biofuel maker, has started tests on blending its biodiesel with petroleum-based fuels to create low-sulphur marine oil

December 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Can China Shift to Sustainable Palm Oil?

(China Dialogue/Future Fuel Strategies)  …  But the positive changes have been more than negated by growth in demand for unsustainable palm oil from other markets. No country plays a larger role than China, the chief destination for Indonesian exports and among the top consumers of palm oil. Imports of palm oil into

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Government Should Frame Roadmap for B30 Usage in Fishery Sector

by M Razi RahmanSuharto (Antara News)  The Indonesian government should formulate a roadmap for the use of 30 percent blended biodiesel (B30) in the maritime and fishery sector since it will have a wide-ranging impact on maritime aspects, an executive stated. “The vast majority of business agents engaged in the

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Cooperation among Govts on Biodiesel Mandates Can Sustain CPO Price Rise, Says Expert

(Malay Mail/Bernama) Crude palm oil (CPO) prices would be able to sustain its current upward momentum if governments, particularly those from the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC), could coordinate allocation increases under the biodiesel mandates, says palm oil expert Dr James Fry. Fry, who is also the chairman of

December 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Australia, U.S., to Cooperate on Critical Minerals, Rare Earths

(U.S. News and World Report/Reuters) Australia and the United States will support projects to develop critical minerals and rare earths, an Australian government minister said on Wednesday (November 20, 2019), signaling deeper cooperation in a market dominated by Chinese supplies. Australian Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan and

December 9, 2019 Read Full Article
8th ICIS Asian Oleochemicals Conference   —   January 15-16, 2020   —   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

8th ICIS Asian Oleochemicals Conference — January 15-16, 2020 — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

How can the oleochemicals industry contribute to the global movement towards a sustainable future? What are the challenges that market players need to be aware of? Are there opportunities that will drive a remarkable growth in the Asian market? The Asian market continues to establish itself as “the next big

December 6, 2019 Read Full Article

France to End Tax Breaks for Palm Oil in Biofuel

by Elizabeth Pineau (Reuters) France’s parliament on Friday voted to remove tax breaks for the use of palm oil as a biofuel, a day after a ruling in favour of maintaining the advantage led to howls of protests from environmentalists. A large majority of members present voted against a government-backed proposal

November 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Sunway Hotels & Resorts Converts Used Cooking Oil into Biodiesel Through Partnership with Fathopes Energy

(Market Insider/Sunway Hotels & Resorts) Sunway Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of Malaysian conglomerate Sunway Group, partners with FatHopes Energy for the recycling of its used cooking oil into biodiesel, taking another significant step on its commitment towards a sustainable environment. Through this sustainability initiative, more than fifty percent (50%)

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Indonesia Seeks to Expand Green Fuel Production to 100% by 2022

by Nur Yasmin (Jakarta Globe) Djoko Siswanto, secretary general of the National Energy Committee, said Indonesia is developing green fuel as an end-product of palm oil, to reduce the country’s reliance on costly oil imports. Green fuel is a mix of palm oil and regular fuel. “We are testing it at two

November 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Increased Global Biodiesel Production to Lengthen Glycerine Markets in 2020

by Lucas Hall (ICIS)  An increase in global biodiesel production is likely to further lengthen the world’s glycerine supply glut in 2020 as higher biodiesel mandates increase the supply of crude glycerine by-product. … One factor market participants are watching is the growth of renewable diesel production around the globe. Renewable

November 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Sabah’s Biomass Grossly Underutilised: Shafie

by Sherell Jeffrey (Daily Express) Sabah’s biomass is grossly underutilised and industry players don’t seem to be very enthusiastic despite the State having what it takes for them to take full advantage of the situation, from raw materials, infrastructure and government support, according to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie

October 16, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Parliament Unfazed by Trade Fight over Palm Biofuel Phase-Out

by Hans Nicholas Jong (Mongabay.com/Eco-Business) A European member of parliament says the bloc isn’t concerned about threats by Indonesia and Malaysia to file a trade complaint over an EU policy to phase out palm oil-based biofuels by 2030. The two Southeast Asian countries have denounced the EU policy as discriminatory.  — The

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Govt Allocates RM550m for Palm Oil Smallholders, Plans B20 Biodiesel Rollout in 2020

by Tan Xue Ying (The Edge Markets) Concerned by the impact of low commodity prices on livelihoods of Malaysians in the plantation sector, the government has proposed a palm oil replanting loan fund of RM550 million. In the budget speech 2020 in parliament today, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

In Blow to Total, France Upholds Law Banning Palm Oil from Biofuel Scheme

by Geert De Clercq and Gus Trompiz (Reuters)  France’s constitutional court on Friday upheld a law excluding palm oil from the country’s biofuel scheme, rejecting an appeal by energy company Total (TOTF.PA) which says the measure puts at risk its production site in southern France. The legislation will remove palm

October 14, 2019 Read Full Article

AirAsia Keen on Introducing Biofuel-Powered Flights

by Rahimi Yunus (Malaysian Reserve)  CEO says R&D into aviation biofuels requires studies on how the alternative fuel burns compared to kerosene-based jet fuels  — Low-cost carrier AirAsia Group Bhd could be introducing biofuel-powered flights in the future with research and development (R&D) underway as airlines want to cut jet fuel costs

October 4, 2019 Read Full Article

MSPO-Certified Palm Oil to Europe by 2020

by Zaidi Isham Ismail (New Straits Times) Malaysia is on track to export MSPO (Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil) certified palm oil to Europe by next year. Malaysia Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) chief executive officer Chew Jit Seng said the MSPO certification scheme is important as it will allow the country’s

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

MPOB, FGV Flag Off B20 Trial Project

(Bernama/Daily Express)  The Malaysian Palm Oil Board and FGV Holdings Bhd are conducting a trial project for the use of a blend of 20 per cent palm biodiesel and 80 per cent petroleum diesel, namely B20, for diesel vehicles.The board’s Director-General Dr Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir said the FGV Transport

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo Reaches Joint Development Agreement to Explore Converting Plant Sugars into Fuel

by Andrew Kessel (Proactive Investors)  The plan is to investigate the potential of sugars and glycerol derived from cellulose to be converted into hydrocarbon molecules for use in fuels or chemicals –Gevo Inc (NASDAQ:GEVO), a renewable fuels company, announced Tuesday that it has signed a joint development agreement with Leaf

September 11, 2019 Read Full Article

All Systems Go as POIC (Palm Oil Industrial Cluster) Port Handles First Hazardous Shipment

by Roy Goh (New Straits Times) The Lahad Datu palm oil industrial cluster (POIC) port in Lahad Datu earned its stripes as a facility capable of dealing in hazardous industrial chemicals after handling its first shipment of methanol recently. Tanker vessel MT Nylex 1, on Wednesday, brought in a shipment of

August 30, 2019 Read Full Article

All About Algae: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Advanced Algal Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae has a lot of recent federal support, and this presentation takes us there. The Advanced Algal Systems is working on a host of strategies to focus on enhacing productivity, feedstock, quality and robust yields while developing higher-value bioproducts. Alison Goss Eng, Program Manager, Feedstock

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Malaysia Calling on the EU to Accept MSPO as a Recognized Certification Scheme under REDII

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Malaysia, as part of bilateral dialogue with the European Union over the past three months, in an attempt to resolve the impasse over palm oil’s indirect land use change impacts and future ban into the European market, the country is urging the European Union to accept and

July 31, 2019 Read Full Article

B10 Biodiesel Programme Will Continue to Have Positive Impact on Palm Oil Prices

(Bernama/The Sun Daily)   The implementation of the B10 Biodiesel programme will continue to give positive impact on palm oil prices, with consumption of the country’s palm oil expected to increase by up to 800,000 tonnes by the end of this year, the Dewan Negara was told today. … The B10

July 29, 2019 Read Full Article

France Bans Palm Oil from Biofuels

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP))   France is tightening up regulations on the use of palm oil as a feedstock in biofuels production. However, this only applies to palm oil eligibility within France. As a result, biofuels produced in France could push their way onto the EU market,

July 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Malaysia to File WTO Complaint against EU’s Palm Biofuel Policy by Nov

(Bernama/The Sun Daily)  Malaysia will submit a complaint to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by November to challenge the European Union’s restrictions on palm biofuel, according to Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok Suh Sim. She said documents related to the complaint are currently with the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC). … Kok said

July 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Germany Calls for Coordinated Measures in Deforestation-Free Palm Oil Production

(Xinhua)  The German government is expecting global palm oil production to grow and is calling for “globally coordinated measures to implement deforestation-free cultivation”, according to a response to a parliamentary inquiry first reported on by the German press agency (dpa) on Tuesday. “Due to the almost unrivalled yields, interest in the

July 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Norway Sees Sharp Drop in Palm Oil Biofuel Consumption after Ban on Government Purchasing

by Lauren Crothers (South Africa Today)  -Norway saw drop in palm oil consumption following new regulations limiting sales in response to concerns about deforestation for plantations. -The decrease has been lauded by a Norwegian rainforest advocacy group, which called it a “big win for rainforests.” -Indonesia and Malaysia, the world’s

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Gamalux to Profit from Sustainability Policies of EU

(Daily Express/Bernama)  Amid the uproar over the European Union’s (EU) discriminatory move against palm oil, one player in the Malaysian palm oil downstream sector seems unperturbed and is in fact expecting better demand for its products this year from European clients.  Gamalux Oils Sdn Bhd, which makes feedstock materials for biodiesel

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Towards Sustainable Bioeconomy – Lessons Learned from Case Studies

by Marta Gomez San Juan, Anne Bogdanski and Olivier Dubois  (Food and Agricultural Organization) … )T)his report offers lessons from 26 case studies of sustainable bioeconomy interventions from around the world and from a range of different sectors. The overall aim of the report is to use these case studies to expand the general understanding of

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Containing Malaysian Palm Oil to Be Tested on Chinese Vehicle

by Beh Yuen Hui (The Star)  Some 180 sanitary trucks will use biodiesel containing Malay­sian palm oil in a pilot project to test its feasibility on Chinese vehicles. The programme will be carried out by Tsinghua University in collaboration with Beijing TUS-Deqing Bioenergy and the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). … (Primary Industries

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Poland against EU Plan to Ban Use of Palm Oil for Biofuels: Envoy

(The Sun Daily/Bernama)  Poland is against the European Union’s (EU) proposed plan to ban the use of palm oil as a component of biofuels, and stressed that the republic does not intend to reduce the demand for Malaysian palm oil. Polish Ambassador to Malaysia Professor Krzysztof Debnicki said that Poland –

May 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Sime Darby Plantation Launches ‘Crosscheck’ in a Major Step towards Palm Oil Supply Chain Traceability

(Sime Darby)  Sime Darby Plantation Berhad (SDP) today launches ‘Crosscheck’, an open access online tool that allows everyone to trace sources of SDP’s palm oil supply down to the mill level. This latest effort by SDP represents a major step forward for the Company in its journey to create a deforestation-free

May 29, 2019 Read Full Article

USGC Demonstrates Ethanol’s Cost Savings in Indonesia

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol could generate significant cost savings while boosting octane in fuel supplies in Indonesia. That’s the message the U.S. Grains Council and its partners are conveying to Indonesian importers and government agencies to promote increased ethanol use in one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing gasoline

May 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Primary Industries Ministry, Palm Oil Board to Sign MoU with Tsinghua University on Biofuel Research

(Bernama/Malay Mail)  The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) and the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tsinghua University, China, for research on palm oil as biofuel. MPI Minister Teresa Kok said with the MoU in place, China will be increasing its palm oil imports

May 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Malaysia Set to Raise Domestic Palm Biofuel Use – Trade Ministry

(Today Online)  Malaysia is expected to allow for a higher percentage of palm biodiesel blends over the next few decades, the international trade and industry ministry said. The ministry said in a statement on Saturday that it is working with the Primary Industries Ministry to include a so-called “B20/B30-ready” specification for vehicles.

May 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Norway’s Use of Palm Oil Biodiesel Sees Massive Drop

(Rainforest Foundation Norway)  Norway’s consumption of palm oil biodiesel saw a 70 percent drop from 2017 to 2018. “A big win for rainforests and the climate. Now the rest of Europe must follow suit”, says Rainforest Foundation Norway. … The all-time high consumption of palm oil based fuels in Norway in

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Palm Oil Titan Warns EU Limits on Biofuel Use Will Backfire

(Bloomberg Quint)  Franky Widjaja, head of one of the world’s biggest palm plantation companies, warned that the European Union’s plans to restrict use of the tropical oil in biofuel will misfire … READ MORE Major palm oil player says EU’s karma will suffer and eventually will have to compromise on ban

May 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Teresa Kok Announces RM5m for B10 Biodiesel Insurance

by Ida Nadirah Ibrahim (Malay Mail)  The federal government has allocated RM5 million insurance for vehicles fuelled with B10 biodiesel, which contains 10 per cent palm oil. Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said consumers can claim the insurance if proven that the vehicle engine has broken down as a result of

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Malaysia Can Help Reduce Aviation Industry Carbon Footprint with Palm Oil Biofuel, Says Teresa Kok

by Yiswaree Palansamy (Malay Mail)  Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said the ministry is planning to produce biofuel using palm oil for the aviation industry, in a bid to boost palm oil sales and to reduce carbon emissions. In a special media interview on Thursday, Kok said the move fulfils Malaysia’s

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Palm Oil May Be Blended in Jet Fuel as Study Shows Suitable

by Afiq Aziz (The Malaysian Reserve)  … The aviation sector can play a crucial role in boosting Malaysian palm oil, which has been saddled with discrimination in the West, low prices and high inventory. As debates are still ongoing on palm oil fuel for vehicles, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station : Fats and Oils Program Receives Industry Support for Teaching and Targeted Short Courses

by Dr. Joya Mannan (Market Screener/Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station)  Dr. Mohammad Alam, head of the Fats and Oils Program at the Process Engineering Research and Development Center (PERDC), has received a grant from the Malaysian Palm Oil Board to fund several semesters of teaching and short courses about the significance of

April 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Ivory Coast Hopes to Squeeze the Profits from Palm Oil

(BBC News)  The palm oil industry originated in West Africa but is now dominated by massive plantations in South-East Asia. The BBC’s Tamasin Ford reports that Ivory Coast, and other African countries, are trying to take the lucrative business back home to tap into its profits. An hour’s drive to the

April 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Insight: US Ethanol Moving to China by Various Means, Including Ship-to-Ship Transfers

by Clare Pennington, Izham Ahmad, Steven McGinn (ICIS) Trans-shipments of ethanol from the US to China are taking place in renewed efforts to thwart US-China tariffs, including ship-to-ship transfers, several sources in Asia and Europe have confirmed. Importing US ethanol into China carries a penalty of up to 70%, one of a

March 28, 2019 Read Full Article

As German Imports Spike, UFOP Fears Add’l Pressure from Indonesia

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP)/Biodiesel Magazine)  Imports of biodiesel to Germany increased sharply in 2018. The rise was triggered by overabundant supply of state-subsidized and consequently low-priced biodiesel from Argentina. The Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP) fears that a similar development will take place after

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Malaysia Threatens WTO Case over Dropping Biofuel

(Reuters/The Express Tribune)  Malaysia on Saturday threatened to bring a World Trade Organisation (WTO) challenge if the European Union goes ahead with recommendations to phase out palm oil from transport fuel used in the bloc. In a list of criteria published on Wednesday, the European Commission concluded that palm oil cultivation

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Sets Limits on Palm Oil in Biofuels as Trade War Looms

by Ewa Krukowska (Bloomberg Quint)  The European Union set new criteria for the use of palm oil in biofuels in a balancing act to try to avert a trade war with producers in Asia while appeasing climate protagonists at home. The measure approved by the European Commission on Wednesday spells out the

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Malaysia’s Participation in the Stakeholder Meeting on High and Low Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) Risk Biofuels under the Recast of the Renewable Energy Directive (EU RED II)

(Malaysia Ministry of Primary Industries)  1. The Ministry of Primary Industries led by the Secretary General, YBhg. Dato’ Dr. Tan Yew Chong is currently in Brussels, Belgium to participate in the Stakeholder Meeting On High And Low Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) Risk Biofuels Under The Recast Of The Renewable Energy

March 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Attis Industries Looks to Expand Production and Add Approximately $160M in Revenues with Recent Acquisition: Management Aims to Setup a World-Class Green Tech Campus in New York

(Attis Industries/Globe Newswire)  The Company aims to harness their proprietary technology through multiple biomass processing facilities to cater to the rising demand of ethanol, carbon fibre, and other products.   Attis Industries (ATIS) took its first big step in the field of renewable energy when the Company acquired the ethanol production facility

March 5, 2019 Read Full Article

QSR to Turn Oil Waste into Biofuel

By Eric Quah (The Star) QSR Brands (M) Holdings Bhd, the operator of KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants, has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with fuel conversion company FatHopes Energy Sdn Bhd to deploy sustainable practices and eco-friendliness in its operations by processing cooking oil waste into biofuel. The initiative

March 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Indonesian Candidates Find Common Ground in Support for Palm Oil

by Basten Gokkon (Mongabay/Eco-Business) Environmental activists have criticised Indonesia’s two presidential candidates, Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto, for not addressing the negative aspects of palm oil production, which both are pushing as a feedstock for biodiesel. Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his challenger in this year’s election, Prabowo Subianto, have both vowed

February 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Malaysia, France to Hold Dialogues for Better Understanding of Palm Oil

(Bernama/Borneo Post) Malaysia and France will hold joint dialogues and strengthen engagements to promote better understanding of the palm oil industry, said the Primary Industries Ministry. Its minister, Teresa Kok said this followed a courtesy call on her from French Ambassador to Malaysia Frederic Laplanche here yesterday where they discussed ways

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Biotech Startup Turns Palm Waste into High-Value Chemicals

by Akane Okutse, (Nikkei Asian Review) Japanese biotechnology startup Green Earth Institute is set to expand into Southeast Asia with plans to manufacture petrochemical substitutes from biomass. The company plans to start producing in Malaysia from 2022, and is looking to launch similar projects in other parts of the region. Founded in

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Aviation Biofuels Made from Wastes and Residues Cannot Be Scaled Up New Report Shows

(BiofuelWatch)  BiofuelWatch report about aviation biofuel producer WorldEnergy boosts fears that large-scale biofuel use for aircraft would have to rely on palm oil.  — A new report [1] about aviation biofuels, published by the environmental NGO Biofuelwatch [2] today (February 11, 2019), exposes the strict limits to the amount of such fuels

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Long, Strange Trip: How U.S. Ethanol Reaches China Tariff-Free

by Chris Prentice and A. Ananthalakshmi (Reuters)  In June, the High Seas tanker ship loaded up on ethanol in Texas and set off for Asia. Two months later – after a circuitous journey that included a ship-to-ship transfer and a stop in Malaysia – its cargo arrived in China, according to shipping data

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Palm Oil’s Loss May Be U.S. Soybean Gain in EU Biofuel Rule (1)

by Stephen Gardner (Bloomberg)  European Union must propose rule on biofuel crops that cause deforestation or other land-use change by Feb. 1; Palm oil would be phased out as biofuel feedstock in EU, U.S. soybean farmers could benefit — U.S. soybean companies could be the big winners if an upcoming European Union rule on

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Airports, Airlines Join Putrajaya’s Fight against Anti-Palm Oil Lobby

(MSN News) The Malaysian aviation industry has joined the government’s efforts to counter the anti-palm oil campaign in Europe, with airports and airlines ready to bring Putrajaya’s “Love MY Palm Oil” tagline to foreign visitors. The Ministry of Primary Industries today said Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad (MAHB), Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Airways

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Malaysia Plans to Double Palm Oil Use in Biodiesel by 2020 – Government

by Joseph Sipalan (Market Screener/Reuters) Malaysia plans to double the mix of palm oil in its biodiesel programme by 2020 in a bid to reduce high domestic stockpiles and boost sustainable energy sources, the government said on Thursday. Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said the government intends to increase the amount of palm

January 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Total Says French Palm Oil Curb Threatens Biofuel Facility

(The Star) French energy group Total said a move by lawmakers to exclude palm oil from raw materials approved for use in biofuel would put at risk its La Mede facility in southern France. French lawmakers last month voted to remove palm oil from the country’s biofuel scheme as of 2020,

January 15, 2019 Read Full Article

The World Has Loads of Sustainable Palm Oil… But No One Wants It

by Anuradha Raghu (Bloomberg)  Certified variety costs more and buyers won’t pay premium; Only half of the sustainable output is actually being sold  —  The world’s biggest growers of palm oil say they’re stepping up efforts to produce the contentious commodity more sustainably, but consumers are unwilling to pay more for environmentally friendly

January 14, 2019 Read Full Article
PalmEx Malaysia 2019   —   June 26-27, 2019   —   Sarawak, Malaysia

PalmEx Malaysia 2019 — June 26-27, 2019 — Sarawak, Malaysia

PALMEX MALAYSIA 2019. Palmex Malaysia 2019 is the only specialized Palm Oil event in Asia that brings together an international congregation of both upstream and downstream palm oil companies and also its supporting industries gathered in the heart of the Malaysian Palm Oil Industry in Sarawak to showcase the latest

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates around the World 2019

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today (January 1, 2019) releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 65 countries. The bulk of mandates continue to come from the EU-27, where the Renewable Energy Directive (RED)

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Malaysia Says Norway Move to Ban Palm-Based Biodiesel Could Hinder EFTA Trade Talks

(Reuters/Investing.com)  Norway’s plans to ban biofuels containing palm oil from 2020 are set to provide a major obstacle to long-running trade talks between the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and Malaysia, a Kuala Lumpur government minister said on Friday. A Norwegian parliament recommendation to ban biodiesel “with high deforestation risk” was

December 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Malaysia, Indonesia, Colombia to Meet over French Anti-Palm Oil Vote

(Free Malaysia Today/Bernama)  Malaysia is scheduled to hold a meeting with Indonesia and Colombia in Jakarta next February to discuss the French National Assembly’s decision to exclude the use of palm oil as a biodiesel feedstock. Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said the French National Assembly’s decision posed a challenge to

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Enemy Submarine Detecting Microorganisms, Algae-Based Polymers, Edible Antimicrobial Film, Limestone-Based Bags, Soybean Oil Based Road Sealant: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of December 26th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of December 26th. In today’s Digest, enemy submarine detecting microorganisms, algae-based polymers, edible antimicrobial film, limestone-based bags, soybean oil based road sealant — these and more,

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Direct Electrolysis Has Mixed Results for Extracting Fuel Sources from Microalgae

(Universiti Malaysia Sabah/Phys.Org)  Researchers are investigating ways to improve biodiesel production by using electrical fields to break open microalgae cells with varied results, according to a new study in the Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology. Lipids inside microalgae are a promising source of biofuel. Microalgae cells must first be broken apart

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

The Malaysian Biodiesel Mandate – Outlook to 2020: Growth Opportunities & Companies to Action

(GlobeNewswire/ResearchAndMarkets.com)  The “Malaysian Biodiesel Mandate”report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. This study offers a detailed overview of the biodiesel mandate in Malaysia and the steps taken by the Malaysian government to protect the Malaysian palm oil industry. Palm oil is a key ingredient in the biodiesel produced in Malaysia. Biodiesel is the main

December 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Mahathir Throws out B20 Biodiesel Challenge

by Amar Shah Mohsen (Sun Daily)  Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has challenged Malaysia to emulate Indonesia’s move to introduce a higher biodiesel mandate — the B20 biodiesel fuel — by 2020 and become the world’s top biodiesel-producing country. The Prime Minister noted that neighbouring Indonesia has surpassed Malaysia as the largest palm

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Petrol Companies Have Two Months to Switch to B10 Biodiesel

(Sun Daily) Petroleum companies have two months to switch from the current B7 (a blend of 7% palm methyl ester and 70% petroleum diesel to B10 biodiesel before its mandatory implementation on Feb 1, 2019. Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said B10 biodiesel (a blend of 10% palm methyl ester and

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Virtual NGO Making Waves with Online Petition against Palm Oil in Europe

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, virtual NGO SumOfUs has gathered nearly 75,000 signatures on a digital petition demanding the European Commission to ban palm oil as part of the regulatory process that will see it publish a report on “high ILUC risk” feedstocks by February 1, 2019. Calling out deforestation

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Analysis of High and Low Indirect Land-Use Change Definitions in European Union Renewable Fuel Policy

by Stephanie Searle & Jacopo Giuntoli (International Council on Clean Transportation)  The European Union (EU) will continue incentivizing the use of biofuels and other renewable fuels through its recast Renewable Energy Directive for 2021-2030 (RED II). This directive includes a provision to limit and phase out by 2030 the contribution of

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

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