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Sustainability in Aviation Fuel: Palm Oil is Part of the Solution

Dr Yusof Basiron

For many years, the aviation industry has been criticized for its high carbon GHG emission. Of the total global emissions, 56 % comes from burning of fossil fuels and 17 % from agriculture. The aviation industry alone contributes 649,000,000 tonnes of GHG emission annually which represents 2 to 3 % of the total globally! The Boeing Company and other aviation industry operators held a Forum in Kuala Lumpur recently to explore new sources of renewable biofuels for the aviation industry.

In comparison, calculations reveal that emissions from the oil palm industry are indeed very small. The world oil palm area of 14 million hectares is only 0.25% of global agricultural land. Therefore, the GHG emission from the oil palm industry is 0.25% x 17% or 0.04% of the total global GHG emission. At the country level, Malaysia’s oil palm cultivated area of 4.85 million hectares represents 34.6% of the world’s oil palm cultivated area and hence its GHG footprint is 34.6% x 0.04 % or 0…

Let Us Invest in Indonesia’s Sustainable Palm Oil

Over the years, there have been misplaced allegations made by various parties accusing the Indonesian palm oil industry of being unsustainable and unfriendly to the environment. These issues represent the concerns of various parties in Europe and around the world on the sustainability of the Indonesian palm oil industry. Rather than reacting to those attacks, the Government of Indonesia has taken consistent measures to ensure that all palm oil companies implement sustainable plantations, while promoting its downstream industries.

Currently, Indonesia maintains 21 million hectares of protected forest out of the existing 133 million hectares of forest across its islands. The protected forest keeps high biodiversity where the wild animal live freely. Indonesian oil palm plantations area in 2009 occupied 7,8 million hectares and in 2008 was 7,3 million hectares. From this amount, about 3,8 million hectares originated from forest while the remaining come from conversion of other uses.


Building global brands in Asia

Look closely at the top 100 Global Brands, according to Interbrand and BusinessWeek, and you’ll see many European and North American favorites that have given great products or services over many years. What you won’t see on that list are many Asian firms, apart from some notable companies in Japan and South Korea.

Why, in a burgeoning region that’s brand-crazy, have very few homegrown favorites earned world-class recognition? What will it take for Asian companies to rise to the level of global superstar

‘The Challenges of Building Global Asian Brands’ panel at the INSEAD Leadership Summit in Asia offered some insights into these and other questions, with the focus being on regional companies traditionally focused on trading, operations and technology, rather than marketing. The panel agreed that the chief marketing officer must be just as involved in the company as the CEO and other leaders in the 'C-Suite'; and that a strategic view of marketing within most Asian companies …

The Power of "Think big, start small and move fast"

Business school students have changed since Julie Meyer, the venture capitalist who is chief executive and founder of Ariadne Capital, did her MBA in the late 1990s. Then, no-one wanted to start their own business, she thought. Financing them, though, seemed more attractive to many.

“I used to joke that if you wait long enough, your entire class becomes a venture capitalist,” she says. “Now it seems to be that, if you wait long enough, your entire class at INSEAD becomes entrepreneurs because everyone wants to work for themselves.”

Meyer made her name through First Tuesday, a networking forum for entrepreneurs, which she sold for 50 million pounds in cash and shares to an Israeli company in 2000.

One of the lessons she learned from First Tuesday was that many entrepreneurs wanted to bypass venture capitalists. Often, the most attractive investors were other, successful entrepreneurs. Hence Ariadne Capital - which she founded in 2000 as a way to pool the capital and experience of succ…

The Growth Secret of China’s

Just three years after starting up,, a social networking site for parents in China already boasts some 12 million visitors, a mammoth feat by any standards.

Co-founded by Allen Wang who is also the chief executive officer, and backed by Matrix, a venture capital firm in Boston, has been hailed the Chinese equivalent of Facebook for kids and parents.

But Wang is modest about his company’s success. “We don’t actually have a secret ingredient as to why we’re growing so quickly and to such a scale.” He does however allude to two things that may have contributed to the site’s stickiness.

First, he says, is the site’s attention to product detail to make the customer experience as seamless and as pleasant as possible. For example, Babytree’s uploading feature allows parents to upload not just one, but numerous photos at a time. This has proven to be so popular that the site is the largest photo deposit site in China for young parents, with the total number of pictures…

Sheikh Mansour: The Rich Man Who Buy Manchester City FC

Until a couple of years ago, Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City would have seemed a relatively humdrum fixture on the opening day of the Premier League football season.

It was an encounter containing an echo of better days, such as a memorable FA Cup final in 1981; a match between two grand old clubs for whom a finish in the top eight would constitute a satisfactory season.

Not any more. Last season, Tottenham beat City home and away and ended up pipping them to fourth place, thereby bagging the last place available to English clubs in the coming season's lucrative Champions League. The word "lucrative" doesn't have much resonance for City's owner, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan. He's not in it for the money. But he's certainly in it with the money, and fifth place, winning only a slot in this season's less exalted Europa League, offered more than a hint that success in football can't be bought, at least not immediately, not even for £750m,…

Tony Fernandes, Man Behind AirAsia

Within the space of five years, Asian budget carrier AirAsia has grown quickly, helping to shake up the airline business in the region. With its fleet of 30 Boeing 737-300 aircraft and 15 Airbus A320s, the no-frills airline currently flies to more than 45 destinations in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Macau, China, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar.

AirAsia’s seen by many as a ‘blue ocean’ company as it was based on the Southwest Airlines model of quick turnarounds and low-cost fares. Although Group CEO Tony Fernandes says he hasn’t read the seminal book by INSEAD professors Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, he says AirAsia has sought to exploit blue oceans.

“What does the market want? Nine times out of 10, when you go for what the market wants, it’s something that’s different. That’s why invariably everything we’ve done is kind of blue ocean, except for AirAsia X (AirAsia’s new long-haul operations) which is completely blue ocean. But we weren’t the first to invent low-cost tr…