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Indonesia CPO still has a chance to join US fuel program: Ambassador

  • Linda Yulisman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 12 2012   /  10:29 am

Indonesian palm oil may still have the opportunity to join the renewable fuel program in the United States, which will increase exports of the commodity to the world’s energy market.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was currently assessing the latest scientific data on greenhouse emissions generated from palm oil production, including those submitted by Indonesian palm oil businesses and the government, US Ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel said on Tuesday in Jakarta.

“The EPA is looking very much on a scientific basis. If they need to fix the threshold, they’ll approve it. But if they don’t, they won’t,” he said at a press gathering.

Earlier in January, the agency said in its regulatory filing that palm oil-based biodiesel only cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent, which falls short of the 20 percent threshold set to be qualified by ...