11th Asia Sustainable Oil Palm Summit,

12-13 Sep, 2019 - Jakarta, INDONESIA

Le Meridien Jakarta

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"Position of CPO Market Amidst EU Boycott, Political Trends & Sustainability"


"Can Digitalization & Block Chain Technology Improve
Palm Oil’s Sustainability Credentials ?"


Grappling with attack on issues from deforestation to labour exploitation, and the violation of indigenous people’s rights ,  palm oil companies have been investing heavily in technology to boost their sustainability credentials.


“A key challenge for the palm oil trade is increasing yield productivity per unit area, and companies have been working on technologies that work throughout the production chain, from planting materials to finished product.”

~ Eco-Business Wednesday 13 February 2019


However, smallholders produce 40% of the world’s palm oil - Without engaging them with the tools, the impact and effectiveness of technologies are restricted.


Palm oil buyers are increasingly demanding their oil to come from non-deforested or burned land. How can block chain technology be applied to tackle traceability which is one of the industry’s biggest challenges ?


Malaysia plans to halt all expansion of oil palm plantations this year as it seeks to dispel the oil’s reputation as a driver of deforestation.

~ 1 March 2019 Bloomberg


The recent moves by EU in boycotting palm oil realistically does nothing to protect the Southeast Asia’s rainforests.  In a tit for tat, Indonesia & Malaysia has recently retaliated with a threat to ban European goods as palm oil row escalates . This means that both countries will gradually lose its grip on the EU market ( the world’s 3rd largest consumer of palm oil ).


Is palm oil boycotting really the answer to solve deforestation ?


Boycotts only affects  the smallholders and it leaves them with no options except  to burn that palm oil off, or move into new areas, and those new areas are likely to be forests.


It is noted that the European Commission will allow a number of exceptions from producers who could certify that  they had intensified yields without needing expansion onto non-agricultural land.


So if certification is the answer , is there a market for certified palm oil ?


Sime Darby, which produces 98% of its palm oil RSPO certified comments that big buyer markets such as China and India are not as concerned about sustainability as markets such as the EU. According to Dr Simon Lord, their Chief Sustainability Head, 50 per cent of the oil that they produce—all of which is certified sustainable—actually isn’t sold as sustainable palm oil.


Seedlings of the CPS2, variety are being rolled out by MPOB in response to a labour shortage and the shrinking availability of land for new plantations.


The dwarf trees are clones of a new variety bred to be 30 per cent smaller than regular oil palms when they mature.


According to Dr Melina Ong Abdullah who heads the breeding and tissue culture unit  CPS2's shorter fronds enable farmers to plant as many as 36 per cent more seedlings in a hectare without reducing yield quality at the same time , it makes harvesting safer and more efficient.


About 10 per cent of fruit bunches rot each season because of a labour shortage and lack of skilled workers who can cut down fruit from older, taller trees, according to industry estimates.


Attend the 11th ASIA Sustainable Oil Palm Summit and participate actively in discussions that are evolving rapidly in the industry.



  • The Indonesian palm oil industry – staying resilient to market challenges
  • Positioning of CPO vs other edible oils – implications of current political trends, soybean trade and sustainability
  • Malaysia’s B10 biodiesel program  – making it work
  • 3 -MCPD and GE challenge – what is Indonesia’s stance and concerns?
  • New clonal palm series 2 variety – a sustainable solution to maximising land use & labour shortage
  • GAP using drone monitoring and big data analytics
  • Applying block chain technology to enhance palm oil traceability 
  • Becoming sustainable through operational process digitalisation & organisational development
  • Supplier group mapping program – stepping up efforts for deforestation free palm oil supply chains
  • Sustainable practices on integrating cattle breeding into palm oil plantations
  • Coconut making a comeback
  • Comparing all certification standards (RSPO, ISPO & MSPO) & latest updates related to absolute requirements for obtaining the certificate
  • Optimising value of palm oil waste
  • Converting palm oil waste into high value added chemicals
  • Sustainable palm oil cultivation in Sri Lanka & potential growth outlook
  • A smallholder’s perspective on its journey to being certified
Testimonials from
10th Asia Sustainable Oil Palm Summit 2018

Good job done by the organizing committee.
~ TH-Indo Plantation
It has been worthwhile with lots of relevant information on important topics.
~ PT. Incasi Raya
Various topics were well delivered and provided me with a new knowledge and experience in oil palm industries.
~ United Malacca Berhad
Great conference with good networking potential.
Great forum for new information in sustainability, new research and automation.
~ PT Smart Tbk
The 10th Asia Sustainable Oil Palm Summit provided a common platform for us, oil palm stakeholders to discuss on the latest progress and info in the industry, and has a good networking for industry players.
~ MKH Resources Sdn Bhd
Good conference with good crowd, good matchmaking made lots of contacts.
~ Felda Palm Industries Sdn Bhd






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Exhibition / catalogue display can be arranged upon request. Contact fiona@cmtsp.com.sg
or (65) 6346 9138

News Feed

Malaysia to sell additional 20% Oil Palm to China starting this year

Posted on : 11 Jul, 2019

Malaysia and China recently signed an MoU, under which Malaysia will provide an additional supply of a minimum of 1.9 million tonnes of palm oil to China over a five-year period, starting from 2019. The palm oil volume is estimated at RM4.56 billion based on an average price of US$600 per tonne.
The new deal is expected to increase Malaysia’s palm oil exports to China by additional 20% or about 400,000 tonnes per annum. Malaysia’s local palm oil exports to China stood at 1.86 million tonnes in 2018 (its third largest export market) which is slated to increase by about 2.26 million tonnes in 2019.
In 2018, India was the largest consumer of Malaysia’s palm oil at 2.51 million tonnes, followed by EU at 1.91 million tonnes. Malaysia also exported substantial amount of palm oil to Pakistan, the Philippines, Turkey and the US.
According to some analysts, the additional purchase of Malaysian palm oil by China (although a positive sign) is not likely to ease the bloating in global palm oil stocks situation (Malaysia and Indonesia). It is also not expected to help boost CPO prices higher.
At CMT’s 11th Asia Sustainable Oil Palm Summit in Jakarta on 12-13 Sept, 2019, find out more about ‘Positioning of CPO vs Other Edible Oils – Implications of Current Political Trends, Soybean Trade and Sustainability’ from Oscar Tjakra, Executive Director, RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness.
Contact Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218 for more details about this event.

Indonesia may ban European goods as palm oil war escalates

Posted on : 23 Apr, 2019

As the palm oil war between Indonesia and Europe escalates, Indonesia has threatened to ban imports of certain European goods. The world’s largest palm oil producer has hinted that the import ban could include jets manufactured by European companies, especially when Indonesia is expected to acquire about 2,500 aircraft in the next two decades.
EU has proposed to impose stricter limits on palm oil use in green fuels. Indonesia argues that the ban could impact the livelihoods of a whopping 20 million people. The proposed ban on palm oil has already impacted benchmark palm prices, which have fallen for five quarters in a row.
In addition to the ban on EU goods, Indonesia also plans to lodge a formal protest with the World Trade Organization if the European Union ratifies the proposal.
The EU is aiming for a circular economy and is leading the battle against global warming. It has set many targets to reduce greenhouse gases and the ban on palm oil imports is one of the measures.
More about palm oil markets in Indonesia will be discussed at CMT’s 11th Asia Sustainable Oil Palm Summit in Jakarta on 12-13 September, 2019.
Contact Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218 for more information.

Malaysia plans to use 20% palm oil in transport biodiesel by next year

Posted on : 18 Mar, 2019

In order to cut record stockpiles and boost prices, Malaysia plans to double the palm oil content in biodiesel used for the transport sector to 20% next year. The government also plans to raise the palm oil content in biofuel for the industrial sector to 10% next year from a 7% quota being rolled out this July.
The proposed increases in the amount of palm oil mandated for biodiesel is expected to increase the use of the vegetable oil in biofuels to 1.3 million tonnes annually.
The cabinet also plans to set up a biofuel stabilisation fund that is expected to manage the price of biofuels. Indonesia uses a similar mechanism to the export levy fund.
Malaysia’s palm oil inventories fell to 3.001 million tonnes in January 2019 as demand increased and production fell. But it was still near the two-decade high of 3.22 million tonnes recorded a month earlier.
Find out more about palm oil markets at CMT’s 11th Asia Sustainable Oil Palm Summit on 12-13 September 2019 in Jakarta.
Contact Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218 for more information.