Renewable Energy law and Development

Renewable Energy law and Development

Case Study Analysis

Richard L. Ottinger

This is a unique book written by one of the leading scholars in the field. It uses detailed case studies to analyze the successes, failures and challenges of renewable energy initiatives in developing and emerging countries.

Chapter 7: Case study of Indonesia’s palm oil-based biodiesel program

Richard L. Ottinger and Christopher J. Riti

Subjects: development studies, law and development, environment, energy policy and regulation, environmental law, law - academic, energy law, law and development


Over the past several decades, Indonesia has transformed itself into the world’s leading producer of crude palm oil (CPO), producing over 18 million tons annually. Capitalizing upon relatively inexpensive labor, abundant land, and a favorable regulatory environment, the production and export of palm oil and its derivative products have come to constitute a sizeable share of the national economy. Exports have increased by 274 percent over the past decade, and the industry is expected to continue expanding. Palm oil is currently the world’s number one source of vegetable cooking oil, but is also incorporated into countless processed foods and other household products, from cookies and candies to cosmetics, shampoos, and industrial lubricants.

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