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Jakarta Post

EPA concludes fact finding on Indonesia’s palm oil

  • Linda Yulisman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 24 2012   /  08:55 am

A visiting delegation from the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed fact finding on the operation of oil palm plantations in Indonesia, a step that may lead to a review of the eligibility of palm oil to join renewable fuel programs in the world’s largest energy market.

EPA representative Regina McCarthy said on Tuesday in Jakarta that despite the end of the mission, her agency did not have any immediate plan to recalculate greenhouse emissions generated from palm oil based biofuel.

“We will continue to talk and understand what the technical issues are and once we’re comfortable, we will make a decision, but not before,” she told reporters at a workshop on sustainable palm oil production.

McCarthy underlined that the EPA’s analysis would not restrict the entry of palm oil to the US.

Previously the EPA has stated that ...