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Climate Change Threatens Palm Cooking Oil Stocks: Need Solution Sustainably



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Climate Change Threatens Palm Cooking Oil Stocks: Need Solution Sustainably

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Ahmad Juang Setiawan, a climate researcher of Traction Energy Asia was sorry for the climate change impact for palm oil production – as the main material of palm cooking oil. He thought, climate change crisis, such as, flood, drought, smoke from fire in the forests and areas, damaged palm oil plantation productivity, made shift of harvest season, decreased quality, plant damage, and even potentially made the plants dead.

Besides, palm oil as the material for biodiesel would be the factor to disturb palm cooking oil stock. The higher mixture to produce biodiesel, the less stock of palm cooking oil would be. The combination of climate crisis and increasing palm oil use for biodiesel would threaten the whole palm cooking oil stocks.

Ahmad Juang mentioned, in the past four years, palm cooking oil consumption significantly escalated namely heading to Ramadhan and Idul Fitri, that reached 38% in average. But the trend of energy needs was stable. In August 2023, crude palm oil (CPO) allocation for energy surpassed the allocation for food, more than one million tons while the allocation for food was less than the numbers. This was the same with the regulation of the government to escalate biodiesel production through vegetable oil mixture program or B35.

He thought, there would be big chance to take for advantage on used cooking oil as the additional material to produce biodiesel. “Gathering and processing used cooking oil would reduce not only health and environmental issues by throwing away used cooking oil, but also solve palm cooking oil issue,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Friday (8/3/2024).

Besides, Ahmad emphasized it is important to look back at local wisdom in agriculture as the pillar heading to (realize) sustainable food. He told that the indigenous people in Kasepuhan, South Banten developed paddy which is adjusted with many seasons. They have early prediction system which is accurate enough and even could be the same with contemporary prediction model in ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) – base in the region.

Juang told it is important that the government needs to get input from the local wisdom to formulate agricultural policies. He thought agricultural diversification is the key because every region has its unique and different needs that should be considered to create solution sustainably. (T2)


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