Book Review: A Chemical Engineer in the Palm Oil Milling Industry

Article by James Watt CEng FIChemE

Hong Wai Onn; ISBN: 9789671818800; Hong Wai Onn; 2020; £9.37 (Amazon)

When asked to review a book set in the palm oil industry I jumped at the chance. After all, the industry, or rather the product, has a hit-and-miss reputation sustainability wise. Reviewing A Chemical Engineer in the Palm Oil Milling Industry represented an opportunity to examine the industry a little closer, from an insider point of view.

It is important to approach a new book with an open mind, and I felt that this was especially the case with this book given that palm oil use is increasing and the associated deforestation is a global concern. These were issues I imagined were sure to be discussed and addressed, especially because most of the plants described seem now to be members of the Round-table of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a not-for-profit that unites stakeholders in the industry with the aim of developing and implementing global standards for sustainable palm oil.

Article by James Watt CEng FIChemE

Process Engineering Manager at Wood

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