What Now for EU Trade Policy and Palm Oil?

What Now for EU Trade Policy and Palm Oil?

Bilateral agreements can take years to negotiate, but there are models that are used when it comes to dealing with the environment (it is worth noting that EU trade aggression against palm oil producing countries could make the bilateral agreements harder to...
How to Improve the Amsterdam Declaration

How to Improve the Amsterdam Declaration

Why does this matter? Simply, because the Declaration was supposed to herald a partnership and cooperation, but that only works if trust on both sides is built and maintained. The “Amsterdam Declaration” – in place since 2015 and signed by major European Governments...
Climate Change: Importance of the Global South

Climate Change: Importance of the Global South

Last week’s COP25 Summit in Madrid should be an opportunity to focus attention on a global issue. Unfortunately, such global gatherings rarely succeed in considering the needs of people who live outside of the Western world. Last week’s COP25 Summit in Madrid should...
EU’s Action Plan on Forests: The Next Challenge?

EU’s Action Plan on Forests: The Next Challenge?

For the past few years, the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) has occupied the thoughts of palm oil producing countries, when thinking about the potential challenges facing palm oil in Europe. However, a new and potentially even more concerning issue is now presenting...
National Palm Oil Certification Standards

National Palm Oil Certification Standards

RSPO’s 17th Annual Roundtable Meeting on Sustainable Palm Oil (RT17) gets underway today in Bangkok. The issue of palm oil certification will be a key topic of discussion and is often a target of criticism: from NGOs that dismiss certification as greenwashing, through...