Indonesia’s Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s renewable energy directorate general is optimistic it can maintain its policy of blending biodiesel with diesel fuel, despite the programme’s realisation remaining below target, The Jakarta Post reported in November.
Quartz Business Media, organisers of the OFI events and publisher of Oils & Fats International magazine, has announced that the latest extension of the brand will take place on 21-22 April 2015, when the first OFI India Exhibition and Conference takes place at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) in Hyderabad, India.
On 4 November, Biodiesel Magazine reported that Mary Rosenthal, the first executive director of the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), had died on 1 November after a battle with cancer, according to the ABO.
A new Malaysian palm oil certification council should be in operation by the first quarter of next year to supervise the recently launched Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) standard, Douglas Uggah Embas, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, said at the official launch of the OFIC 2014 Congress and OFI Asia 2014 exhibtion on 6 November.
The global oils and fats market is in transition and faces a deficit in 2015, making palm oil more important for consumers next year and beyond, Thomas Mielke, executive director of Oil World told the OFIC Congress and OFI Asia 2014 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 5 November.
Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) has followed on from its first shipment of 6,000 tonnes of palm biodiesel to China with a second 6,000 tonnes shipment to Dongguan Port, Guangdong, New Straits Times reported on 28 October.
The US National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has filed comments with the European Commission (EC) challenging what it says are unfair trade duties that have blocked US biodiesel from being exported to Europe since July 2009.