2nd Palm Oil Summit: Sustainable Yields, The Way Forward,

09-10 Dec, 2010 - Bali, INDONESIA

The Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua Bali

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Achieving Sustainability Through

Optimising Yield Performance

 

Palm oil is proven as the most efficient crop and the world's most traded agricultural commodity with its uses ranging from food, industrial, personal care products to energy. It now contributes over US$ 10 billion in foreign exchange for Indonesia annually.

 

Under increasing attacks from buyers in Europe, the Indonesian government recently signed a moratorium banning deforestation and peatlands conversion caused by palm oil expansion for two years starting next year. This has thrown the Indonesian palm oil industry into a limbo as plantation expansions that are already licensed are now being reviewed in light of the ban.

 

As the green consumer mounts across the globe, many importers have now insisted they will buy only from producers that have certification.

 

Palm oil producers who are not yet certified have a strong need to understand the complexities of the RSPO audit and certification so that they can get themselves certified and gain worldwide recognition. Crude Palm Oil produced by RSPO certified mills also attracts a premium value in the market.

 

With this ban on peatland, oil palm expansion will now be relegated to marginal and degraded land. Under such circumstances, economic consideration will be the key driver for producers to ensure that their palm oil business is sustainable whilst meeting the needs to protect the environment.

 

Our 1st Sustainable Oil Palm Plantations

meet in January this year, saw attendees from

palm oil producers / plantation companies

making up 58%, commodities traders/investors

17%, agriculture companies 15%, power

companies 8% and inspection/quality testing

companies 2% of total delagates.

 

Here is a video clip of the event

for your viewing pleasure.

 

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Palm oil producers recognise that Increasing Yield is the best approach towards achieving sustainability in oil palm.

 

CMT's 2nd Palm Oil Summit on Sustainable Yields is an important gathering of oil palm companies, agronomists, plantation managers, sustainability directors to discuss critical issues and identify opportunities for yield improvements and effectively implement them in a sustainable manner.

 

Key issues to be discussed

  • High Yielding Planting Materials including
    - Clones planting
    - Latest advancements in Breeding and selection
  • Land selection and management
  • Land productivity management
    - Planting density options to maximise returns
    - Yield improvement in planting on degraded land
    - Agro-management practices on planting in peatland
  • Integrated pest management

Plus an intensive session on RSPO Certification from the Plantation to the End User led by Control Union Group.

 

Sign up now at www.cmtevents.com or email to sharm@cmtsp.com.sg

 

Sponsor or Book your Exhibition Space!

This event is an excellent platform to promote your organization to influential players & investors in the industry. Talk to us for a customized Sponsorship or to book your Exhibition space now! Contact cynthia@cmtsp.com.sg or (65) 6346 9132

 

 

You will network with

Planters & Plantation Owners, Agronomists, Sustainability Officers, Scientists, R & D Directors, Plantation Consultants, Service Providers to Plantation Business, Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of palm oil related industries, Government agencies of agriculture and forestry, palm oil traders, End users including downstream processors
(vegetable oil, industrial lubricants, personal care and cosmetics)

 

News Feed

Preview of Key Industry Segments Gathering at the 2nd Palm Oil Summit

Posted on : 29 Nov, 2010

The 2nd Palm Oil Summit in December is the industry’s top platform for building valuable business relationships. Join us in Bali to network with key executives and gain critical insights from the summit’s authoritative panel!

 

Here is a preview of the key executives you’ll interact with:

 

 

Industry Breakdown for 2nd Palm Oil Summit

 

Click here for last minute registrations, or email reema@cmtsp.com.sg.

 

Achieving Sustainable Oil Palm Yields in Peat & Degraded Land Revealed at 2nd Palm Oil Summit

Posted on : 11 Nov, 2010

 

In a key strategy to reduce carbon emissions and avoid deforestation, the Indonesian government announced that palm oil producers are to use degraded rather than peat land for their plantation expansions. Existing palm oil plantations on peat land that no longer have the option to increase harvests via new peat land acquisition, will need to apply better techniques to improve their current yields for maximum economic value.

 

In light of above, the top major question for palm oil producers now would be: Can successful and sustainable palm oil cultivation in degraded land be carried out?

 

For the answers, come to 2nd Palm Oil Summit in Bali, to hear first-hand from invited speaker Dr Peter Limas he shares how he managed to achieve sustainability in palm oil cultivation on peat land. He will reveal his proven ways in his presentation on:

 

“Best Agro-Management Practices for Oil Palm Planted on Peatland”

Speaker: Dr Peter Lim

General Manager - R & D, PT TH Indo Plantations

 

In addition to above topic, you’ll also learn from experienced agronomist Dr Thomas Fairhurst, who will share insights on his personal experiences in:

 

 Yield Improvement in Oil Palm Planted on Degraded Land – An Indonesian Experience” 

Speaker: Dr Thomas Fairhurst 

Director, Tropical Crop Consultants Ltd

 

Benefit from the above highly-anticipated sessions and much more, only at the 2nd Palm Oil Summit! Do not delay, confirm your seat now!

 

Here’s to your success in Bali!

 

2nd Palm Oil Summit to Provide Key Insights on Sustainable Yields as the Way Forward for Plantation Owners

Posted on : 29 Oct, 2010

 

PRESS RELEASE:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Sustainability is the buzzword in both Europe and Asia, notably since as the European Union places pressure on Indonesian palm oil plantations to meet sustainability standards. For industry players it is more crucial than ever now to align their yield practices to not just fulfill guidelines but maximize returns.

 

Indonesia, the world’s major palm oilplayer, is in urgent need to find new ways to improve yields in order to continue meeting supply demands. Coupled with a government ban on expansions to peat land, their future growth options are now limited to utilizing degraded land or increase in current yields.

 

Furthermore, as many global importers insist on buying products only from certified sustainable sources, palm oil plantation owners must ensure complete understanding of the certification process, its criteria, as well as how to qualify for one.

 

The above are just some of the key issues that the 2nd Palm Oil Summit aims to address during an upcoming 1.5 day event on the 9 & 10 of December in Bali, Indonesia. Put together with the support of authoritative industry experts, the presentations will address issues related to theme on “Achieving Sustainability Through Optimizing Yield Performance”.

 

Main highlight at the summit will certainly be sessions led by David Ogg, a representative from the Control Union Group. Mr. Ogg is slated to provide a clear breakdown on the fundamentals of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) audit and certification process for all units in the supply chain, including from the plantation right through to the end user. He will also give first-hand updates on the latest developments in ISCC certification (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification), which awards worldwide recognition to qualifying palm oil producers.

 

Delegates will also benefit from focused sessions on land selection and productivity management, including the sessions by major industry figures like Dr. Thomas Fairhurst, Director, Tropical Crop Consultants Ltd, who is sharing his experiences on yield improvement in oil palm planted on degraded land in Indonesia, as well as Dr. Peter Lim, General Manager – R&D, PT TH Indo Plantations on best agro-management practices for oil palm planted on peat land.

 

Additionally, Dr. Cheah Suan Choo, Chief Scientific Officer of ACGT (Asiatic Centre for Genome Technology Sdn Bhd) will provide participants with tips on new and improved oil palm materials through increased precision in selection. ACGT recently announced their completion of the world’s first Ganoderma genome sequence. This breakthrough marks a significant milestone for the oil palm industry towards achieving greater yields.

 

The 2nd Palm Oil Summit has already confirmed the attendance of many major palm oil plantation companies, making the venue the prime choice for palm oil stakeholders to reach out to their target market. Others, like Indupalma has even signed up to take advantage of exclusive exhibition opportunities to increase their visibility. Limited exhibition slots are still available for those interested to consider sponsorship opportunities or showcasing their expertise at this event.

 

For queries on participating as a delegate, exhibitor and/or sponsor, or for media partnerships, please contact Ms. Reema Patnaik at +65 6346 9144 for further assistance or visit the official 2nd Palm Oil Summit event page.

 

Anti-Palm Oil Campaign Losing Credibility

Posted on : 14 Oct, 2010

 

GreenPeace’s anti-palm oil campaign claiming environmental damage by the practices of palm oil cultivation has been discovered to be full of false allegations and manipulation of facts against the palm oil farmers.

 

World Growth published the recent statement:

 

The revelation of a second instance within a few weeks of contrived claims, in this case misuse of herbicide by United Plantations, to discredit Southeast Asian palm oil producers shows the global campaign by environmental activists is rapidly losing credibility.
 
“The staged attack against United Plantations, a respectable palm oil producer compliant with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), is part of a failing global campaign by environmentalists and their financiers to ruin the reputation of producers and then greenmail customers like Kraft to drop them as a supplier, harming an industry that has lifted millions of Malaysians out of poverty.”
(World Growth Press Release, September 14, 2010)

 

In light of the above, we invite you to get the exact facts on palm oil production from the 2nd Palm Oil Summit, and learn the truths about what the industry’s outlook is all about. The conference will be aptly focused on the theme of “Achieving Sustainability through Increased Yield Performance”.

 

For more information on the conference program, please click here.

 

Cargill to Supply Unilever with RSPO certified Palm Oil

Posted on : 27 Sep, 2010

 

Cargill will provide the company with segregated oil, certified by the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the production and supply chain of which is entirely separate from other non-sustainable products.

 

“Our agreement with Unilever is the result of both companies’ strong commitment to supporting responsible supply chains”, said Paul Naar, head of Cargill’s food business in Europe.

“We are very pleased to partner with Unilever and see this as a big step forward in the drive towards palm oil sustainability.”

 

Source: Australian Food News, 3 August 2010

 

Buyers are showing more willingness to deal with palm oil producers who have attained RSPO certification. More on the matter will be shared at the 2nd Palm Oil Summit in Bali, 9-10 December when Control Union Group discusses the RSPO certification process and the criteria to be fulfilled, in their presentation entitled:

 

Fundamental Grounding of the RSPO Audit and Certification Process for All Units in the Supply Chain, Including the Plantation and through to the End User

 

Click here for more information about the conference program.

EU to implement Renewable Energy Directive (RED) in 2011. More on RED implications on the Palm Oil Industry at 2nd Palm Oil Summit

Posted on : 03 Sep, 2010

 

Major palm oil producing countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia must be watchful for the "cascading" effects of the proposed European Union's (EU) Renewable Energy Directive (RED) next year. The EU may be the first to start on a technical regulation and methodology like its RED to address climate change, but the move, if left unchecked, could lead to similar actions by other countries.

 

Although the policy is targeted to reduce the use of fossil fuels and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, it will affect the production costs as well as the trading system, said Fredrik Erixon, who is with Brussels-based European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE).

"The RED effectively cuts off market access for foreign competitors of European rapeseed oil like palm oil for biofuel use in Europe".

It directs the EU to adopt technical regulations and so-called process and production method standards and producers which do not meet those standards will not qualify for the excise-tax exemption or the national targets that EU member states should comply with.

According to the EU's calculation, the use of palm oil-based biodiesel from Malaysia failed the requirement as it achieved only 19 per cent, preventing it from qualifying for the incentives.

 

Source: Beware cascading effects of EU energy directive (Business Times.com, 5 Aug 2010)

 

For more information on RED, attend 2nd Palm Oil Summit: Sustainable Yields, The Way Forward in Bali this 9-10 December 2010. Mr David Ogg from Control Union Group will be leading the sessions on Meeting the RED requirements by way of ISCC Certification, with special focus on;

Click here for full agenda.

 

Worldwide participants expected at 2nd Palm Oil Summit: Sustainable Yields, The Way Forward

Posted on : 13 Aug, 2010

CMT is proud to announce that our 2nd Palm Oil Summit: Sustainable Yields, The Way Forward will be back from 9 to 10 December this year! And, as we’re hosting this 2nd series in the resort island of Bali Indonesia, we are looking forward to welcoming yet another worldwide delegation.

 

The first Sustainable Oil Palm Plantations meet in January this year, saw a good mix of attendees from palm oil producers and plantation companies which made-up 58% of our overall participants, commodities traders/investors (17%), agriculture companies (15%), power companies (8%) and inspection/quality testing companies (2%).

 

Profile of Attendees at Sustainable Oil Palm Plantation Conference, Jan 2010 Jakarta

 

 

More if not the same of such high-level networking opportunity, latest details on yield improvements, agricultural best practices, plantation land management and sustainable guidelines can be expected at the upcoming December event!

 

So those keen on participating in the 2nd Palm Oil Summit: Sustainable Yields, The Way Forward as speakers, sponsors, media partners, exhibitors, and attendees are welcome to submit their enquiries to Ms. Mimi Berro at mimi@cmtsp.com.sg.