The Environmental Protection Agency will publish data Friday showing that biofuels made from palm oil won’t count towards the nation’s renewable fuels mandate because they’re not climate-friendly.

Environmentalists will welcome the conclusion because the growth of palm oil plantations has driven tropical deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia.

The national Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandates increasing amounts of renewable energy in the nation’s motor fuel mix. A 2007 law that expanded the mandate requires that the fuels have at least 20 percent fewer “lifecycle” greenhouse gas emissions than conventional gasoline and diesel — although most corn ethanol was exempted.