Indonesian Banks Play Important Roles in Achieving Palm Oil Sustainability

As demand for sustainable financing grows, Indonesian banks are trying to contribute to the battle against deforestation and against other environmental and social issues in the palm oil sector, by requiring clients to comply with palm oil sustainability standards,...

UNDP picks The Palm Scribe to join Sustainability Training and Good Growth Conference in Peru

The UNDP has selected The Palm Scribe as one of two Asian media organizations to attend its Good Growth Conference in Peru. Bhimanto Suwastoyo, the content manager for The Palm Scribe is one of eight journalists selected globally to learn more about how journalists...

Palm Oil Sustainability: Whose Business Is It?

Environmentalists and lately the European Commission have been relentless in attacking the palm oil industry in Indonesia for its alleged lack of sustainability - which covers a glossary of wrongs such as deforestation, planting on peat, exploitation of labor,...

Indonesian Palm Oil Industry Needs a Specific National Authority

Considering the importance of palm oil for the Indonesian economy and also its significant role in fighting against poverty, the country should consider having a specific institution to manage the sector at the national scale, a number of practitioners and observers...

Indonesia Threatens European Union with Retaliation Over Palm Oil

Senior Indonesian officials are voicing strong reactions, including threats of retaliation, to the plan by the European Union to impose its Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II) that will ban palm oil-based biodiesel from its transportation sector arguing that it was...

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PLN Tests B100 Biodiesel for Power Plants

The National Electricity Company (PLN) is currently conducting trial tests, fueling several Diesel power plants with pure crude palm oil (CPO), also known as B100. Director of Public Relations for PLN, I Made Suprateka, told The Palm Scribe that they were still...

Salim Ivomas Resigns from the RSPO

Salim Ivomas Pratama (SIMP) officially resigned from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) membership on 8 January 2019. Previously, PT London Sumatera (Lonsum), a subsidiary of Salim Ivomas, withdrew from the association at the end of January 2019.

GAPKI Airs Optimism for 2019

The Indonesian Association of Palm oil Producers (GAPKI) remained optimistic that in 2019, the country’s palm oil industry will be better than last year citing, improving economic growth and especially with the implementation of the B20 biofuel mixture and the possibility of an earlier upgrade of the program to the B30.

IUCN Seeks Facts Behind Much-Maligned Palm oil

Indonesia welcomes efforts by Swiss-based environmental network The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to conduct a series of researches to gather data on vegetable oil, including palm oil, across the globe to provide a strong basis for best policies on the sustainable provision of vegetable oils to meet the fast rising global demand.






Nazir Foead: Challenges in Planting Oil Palm on Peatland

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Summaries of what Indonesian newspapers are reporting about the industry.

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Malaysia eyeing Middle East, Africa

Bisnis Indonesia, 27 March 2019 Malaysia's Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said the Malaysian Palm Oil Council had begun surveying potential crude palm oil (CPO) markets in the Middle East and Africa. Primary Industries Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Shamsul had...

India pledges to promote Indonesian CPO

Kompas, 26 March 2019 India has pledged to promote crude palm oil (CPO) as sustainable oil in the country amid various negative campaigns directed towards the commodity. India is the main importer of Indonesia's CPO with an average of 6.7 million metric tons a year....

Palm oil production seen up slightly

Bisnis Indonesia, 7 February 2019 Indonesian Palm Oil Association (Gapki) Chair Joko Supriyono on the sidelines of 2018 Palm Oil Industry Evaluation and 2019 Estimation on Wednesday (February 6) said crude palm oil production was projected at 49.5 million metric tons...

Accelerate downstream palm oil industry

Bisnis Indonesia, 7 February 2019 Indonesian Vegetable Oil Association (Gimni) Executive Director Sahat Sinaga said Indonesia should increase downstream palm oil products. He suggested the government offer special incentives such as imposing different export levies on...