InfoSAWIT, LONDON – For there are many debates about palm oil namely about the policy published by European Union ‘Renewable Energy Directive (RED)’ and ‘Delegated Act’ that categorized palm oil as the only one unsustainable commodity if it is used for biofuel, Indonesia Nederlands Society (INS) in cooperation with Indonesian Embassy in Den Haag, Friday (5/4/2019) did discussion in Plenary Hall Senate, Netherland, together with Unilever, WWF Netherland and the researchers from Wageningen University and Research, to discuss about palm oil issues. It was attended by about 90 participants from many backgrounds.
Minister Counsellor Economic Function, Indonesian Embassy in Den Haag, Noorman Effendi, in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, said that the policy published by European Union is a discrimination and ignores every efforts to realize sustainable palm oil which some producer countries have run, including Indonesia.
The native speakers in the discussion agreed that there were positive progresses about the policy implementation of Indonesia to make sure that the palm oil is sustainably produced, such as, the palm oil moratorium and urge to increase the productivity in the smallholders.
Besides the policy of European Union to palm oil based on the Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) method may have weakness in scientific method. This was one focus in the discussion.
There were some inputs to consider the better standards that the global could accept through the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approach.
The certification, such as from Roundtable Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was the focus too. Though the certification process is not perfect yet, but there would be positive lead to increase the standards.
The discussion was about to make scientific approach by using the technology advance to make sure that palm oil production is sustainable in every chain of stock. (T2)