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EU must exclude palm oil from renewable energy:

• EU must exclude palm oil from renewable energy: The European Parliament proposed on Jan. 17 to phase out palm oil from transportation fuels by January 2021 as part of the Renewable Energy Directive 2021-2030 (RED II) program. The parliament argues that palm oil is a key driver of deforestation of tropical rainforests, and that land used for agriculture should be used for food production, not for transportation fuel. The chief negotiator of RED II on behalf of the European Parliament further amplified the parliaments position during the eight International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) Global Sustainability Conference in Brussels on Feb. 20, stating that the European Union should not be complicit in any deforestation and therefore the use of palm oil should be phased out immediately. (THE JAKARTA POST)
• Chatib Basri: Pertumbuhan Ekonomi Tahun Ini Akan Lebih Baik: Kementerian ESDM pada Maret 2018 juga menetapkan Harga Indeks Pasar Bahan Bakar Nabati, meliputi biodiesel dan bioetanol, yang mengalami kenaikan.Tarif biodiesel ditetapkan sebesar Rp 8.161 per liter, atau naik Rp 199 dari Februari 2018, yakni Rp 7.962 per liter. Kenaikan HIP biodiesel ditopang oleh harga rata-rata minyak kelapa sawit sepanjang 25 Januari hingga 24 Februari 2018 sebesar Rp 8.029 per kg. Harga ini lebih tinggi daripada periode sebelumnya, yakni Rp 7.810 per kg. (RMOL)
http://ekbis.rmol.co/read/2018/03/30/333251/Chatib-Basri-Prediksi-Pertumbuhan-Ekonomi-2018-Akan-Lebih-Baik-
• U.S. biodiesel output falls to 124 million gallons in January: EIA: U.S. biodiesel production fell to 124 million gallons in January from 148 million gallons a month earlier, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a report on Friday. Soybean oil remained the largest biodiesel feedstock, with 462 million lbs used in January, or about 49 percent of the total. In December, soyoil used in biodiesel production was 594 million lbs. (REUTERS)
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-biofuel/u-s-biodiesel-output-falls-to-124-million-gallons-in-january-eia-idUSKBN1H61HR

• SPKS Tuntut Dana Sawit untuk Kepentingan Petani: Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS) menuntut pemerintah mengubah penyaluran dana perkebunan kelapa sawit. Pembagian dana selama ini diklaim tidak adil lantaran terlalu berpihak kepada perusahaan besar. Ketua Departemen Advokasi SPKS Marselinus Andry mengungkapkan berdasarkan catatan lembaganya, dana sawit yang terkumpul selama periode 2015-2017 mencapai Rp27,94 triliun. Dari total tersebut, 89% digunakan untuk subsidi biodiesel dimana 19 perusahaan yang menerima manfaat dari subsidi tersebut. (WARTA EKONOMI)
https://www.wartaekonomi.co.id/read175570/spks-tuntut-dana-sawit-untuk-kepentingan-petani.html