Malaysia and Indonesia in talks with China on B5 biodiesel

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  • Thursday, 24 Aug 2017

Courtesy call: Mah (left) receiving a courtesy call from Indonesia’s Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto. — Bernama

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia and Indonesia are currently discussing implementation of the B5 biodiesel programme in China, said Plantation and Commodities Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.

He said China was now increasing its environmental control on many issues and looking at the possibility of implementing B5 biodiesel, which is a blend of 5% palm oil or palm methyl ester (PME) and diesel.

“It would be a game changer for the oil palm industry, if China implements the B5 programme as it is a very big market,” he pointed out.

He told reporters this after receiving a courtesy call from Indonesia’s Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto and the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) executive director, Mahendra Siregar at his office here.

Mah said apart from China, Malaysia and Indonesia will work together to export biodiesel to India.

In a statement distributed in conjunction with the meeting, he also said both countries had agreed that palm oil producing nations needed to strengthen their alliance in combating the campaign against the commodity and trade impediments.

A resolution by the European Parliament recently called for the European Union to phase out the use of vegetable oils, including palm oil in biodiesel by 2020, as these were allegedly produced in an unsustainable manner which resulted in deforestation. — Bernama

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