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Mandatory Halal Certificates to Take Effect This Year, MUI Reminds

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MU) has reminded all food, medicine and cosmetics manufacturers that they must obtain halal certificates for their products because new halal product legislation will begin to take effect this year.“Based on the law on halal product assurance, halal certification is mandatory this year. Therefore all products…

Indonesia Threatens to Ban European Goods in Dispute Over Palm Oil

Indonesia threatened to ban imports of some goods from the European Union in retaliation for the bloc’s move to impose stricter limits on how palm oil can be used in green fuels.The world’s largest palm oil producer is considering such a step to protect the interest of almost 20 million…

As Temperatures Rise, Indonesia's Water-Sharing can Prevent Transboundary Haze

With 2019 expected to bring hotter and drier-than-usual El Nino weather conditions to Southeast Asia, concerns are heightened about a recurrence of the 2015 haze crisis. The episode of chronic transboundary air pollution that choked the region in a blanket of acrid smoke had severe health, economic and environmental impacts.Indonesia,…

Minister Mulls Subsidizing Pertamax for Environment's Sake

Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan said Tuesday he is considering subsidizing Pertamax gasoline to encourage people to use fuels with lower carbon emissions.Pertamax, a type of gasoline produced by state-owned energy holding company Pertamina, has a research octane number of 92 and meets Euro IV standards for fuel.“In…
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