UTS Takes the Lead in Sustainable Palm Oil Industry with Expert Research on Environmental Policy

The Faculty of Environmental and Mineral Technology at the Sumbawa University of Technology has reason to celebrate as one of its lecturers, Nurul Amri Komarudin, who recently represented Indonesia at the 7th Quadrennial International Oil Palm Conference (IOPC). The event was held in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia from March 14th to 16th, 2023, and attracted 750 participants from 14 countries. Nurul Amri Komarudin was selected as a poster presenter for the “Environment, Social Economics, and Business” category, which is a great honor.


During the conference, Nurul Amri Komarudin presented the findings of his research, which he conducted in collaboration with Dr. Hasril Hasan Siregar, the Executive Director of Sumatra Planters Association – Oil Palm Plantation Cooperation Agency. The research was titled “Implementation of Environmental Policy on Oil Palm Plantation in South Sumatra Province” and focused on the effectiveness of environmental policy in the oil palm industry in South Sumatra Province. “The results of this study will be published in IOP proceedings with Q3 indexed journal reputation,” said Nurul Amri Komarudin. This is a great achievement for him and a testament to the high-quality research being conducted at the Sumbawa University of Technology.


The 7th IOPC conference was divided into two concurrent conferences: plenary lectures and three technical sessions. The technical sessions were devoted to agriculture and biotechnology, product development, processing technology, and biotechnology, as well as environmental, socio-economic, and business sessions. The conference featured prominent speakers from various fields who shared their research findings and recommendations on topics related to the oil palm industry, including its downstream and upstream industries, policies, and socio-economic sustainability.


Nurul Amri Komarudin summarized the key highlights from the conference, which were divided into five parts: prospects for the development of the palm oil industry, challenges in sustainable development, agriculture and biotechnology, product development, technology processing and biotechnology, and finally socio-economics and business. The conference provided an excellent opportunity for researchers, industry experts, and policymakers to share their knowledge and insights and work together towards sustainable development in the oil palm industry.


Overall, Nurul Amri Komarudin’s participation in the 7th IOPC conference was a great success, and his research findings will undoubtedly contribute to the ongoing discussion about the environmental policy in the oil palm industry. The Sumbawa University of Technology is proud to have such a talented and dedicated lecturer on its faculty and looks forward to seeing his future contributions to the field of environmental engineering.

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