Can palm oil enter the circular economy?

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Lyons, D.

Shahab, N.

Palm oil is the wonderstuff of fats. It makes our cookies crunchier, shampoo bubblier and lipstick smoother, all for a fraction of the price of other oils However, a recent media storm has cast a shadow on the industryHeadlines have exposed the mass deforestation at the hands of palm oil production, and all the gory social and environmental issues that comes with itIn 2017 Indonesia produced 38 million tons of crude palm oil (CPO)Though CPO has become an important stock of biodiesel for both its domestic and export markets, its waste product- palm oil mill effluent (POME) – has failed to capture the attention of the energy sectorLast year, only eight percent of Indonesia’s potential electricity generation from POME was usedThis is perhaps unsurprising, given that less than 10 percent of Indonesia’s palm oil mills actually have biomass processing plants on site

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