Palm Oil Plantations in Indonesia Are Not As Bad as What European Union Accused

Palm Oil Plantations in Indonesia Are Not As Bad as What European Union Accused

PalmOilMagazine, JAKARTA – In the transition heading to renewable energy, European Union keeps discrediting palm oil. By saying excuse to realize zero carbon emission in 2030, palm oil is always discredited as the non-environmental vegetable oil though it is the most sustainable one to fulfill the world needs in the future.

Renewable Energy Directive (RED) II which is part of green deal policy through Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) scheme put palm oil aside because it is in high risk that causes deforestation. As a matter of fact, the research held by Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) revealed that palm oil is nine times more efficient in land use.

Cut of date in ILUC which was 2008 was not fair because the countries in the Blue Continent did deforestation in the first place massively in the industry revolution era. The research of Roser (2012) even mentioned that deforestation in Europe and Northern America cased the narrower forests whole over the world significantly including biodiversity loss in those.

Knowing this, Indonesia as the biggest palm oil producer in the world claimed to World Trade Organization (WTO) for discrediting palm oil.

“Every kind of vegetable oil in the world should have the same approach standards and should be admitted by United Nations, which the base is sustainable development goals (SDGs), not only one or two indicators which are made up, not admitted by the world or academy,” Vice Minister of Foreign Trade Indonesian Republic, Mahendra Siregar told in webinar Inapalmoil, which PalmOilMagazine recently joined.  (T2)

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