Malaysia to send lawmakers to Europe to defend palm oil — Mah Siew Keong


Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said Malaysia will sending six lawmakers to Europe next month (September) to gain the European Parliament's support on the use of Malaysian palm oil in Europe.

Mah said this today following news reports which quoted the European Parliament as saying in a non-binding resolution in April that it would only allow imports of environmentally-sustainable palm oil into the European Union (EU) after 2020.

"If the EU goes ahead with the [proposed] ban… I don't have the exact figure on how much our palm oil exports would drop but I know that 60% of the EU's palm oil imports are used for biodiesel and renewable energy, and this is a large sum.

"[In terms of the EU's resolution on the commodity], I totally agree on this part (sustainable certification)… this is why we are pushing for the MSPO (Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil) certification," Mah said.

He was speaking to reporters here today at the Malaysian Biodiesel Association's 1st Palm Biodiesel Conference.

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