Racial Inequalities in EU Approach to Palm Oil?

The EU may have inadvertently exposed an ugly side to its hostile approach to palm oil.Insiders from the EU-ASEAN Joint Working Group (JWG) have expressed frustration with the EU’s continued stalling of the talks.The JWG which was initiated to overcome the issue of market access to the EU’s biofuels program was expanded to all vegetable oils at the insistence of palm oil producing countries Indonesia and Malaysia.Is the EU uncomfortable with the ambition of the expanded JWG which implicates the use of competing vegetable oils from non-ASEAN countries? In the opinions of stakeholders in ASEAN palm oil producing countries, this… Read More

Conservation Success in Palm Oil Producing Countries Cause to Celebrate Biodiversity Day 2021

“From nature-based solutions to climate, health issues, food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better.” In these pandemic stricken days when good news is hard to come by, the CPOPC is pleased to share good news on Biodiversity Day 2021. Biodiversity Day 2021 is being celebrated under the slogan: “We’re part of the solution #ForNature”. The slogan was chosen to be a continuation of the momentum generated last year under the over-arching theme, “Our solutions are in nature”, which served as a reminder that biodiversity remains the answer to several… Read More

Palm Oil: A Solution for EU Predicament on Feedstock for Renewable Energy

We wrote previously on the challenges faced by the European Union to meet its commitments towards reducing emissions in their fight against climate change. EU member states like Belgium are quick to ban palm oil from biofuels even though the European Commission has issued a damning verdict on the climate and energy report submitted by the Belgian government.The challenges leave no doubt that palm-oil based biofuels will be a needed source of bioenergy for the EU especially since biomass has been called out as worse than fossil fuels by scientists.The EU’s ambitions to be climate neutral by 2050 will be… Read More

The Challenges to Europe’s Climate Commitments and Renewable Energy

The Great Reset as expounded by the World Economic Forum wants to point out a pathway towards a planet that is sustainable for all life on earth. Its bold concepts for a sustainable planet under The Davos Agenda has the support of global corporations as well as governments which is welcome news for palm oil producing countries. For too long, tropical countries have been shunted around as mere carbon sinks for global emissions with little recognition that these forest rich countries need development as well. The European Union which is most guilty of pushing this biased view on sustainability has… Read More

National Certification Schemes To Ensure Sustainability of Consumer Goods

European MEPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new law to hold corporations responsible for the integrity of their operations.The abject failure of the New York Declaration on Forests has shown that voluntary pledges and commitments do not work.Will an EU regulation on forests and human rights do better? As quoted in The Guardian, “Lara Wolters, the Dutch MEP who acted as rapporteur, said: “This new law on corporate due diligence will set the standard for responsible business conduct in Europe and beyond. We refuse to accept that deforestation or forced labour are part of the global supply chains.… Read More

Reclaiming Sustainability With National Certification Schemes for Palm Oil

If satellite mapping could see the true impacts on the ground, it would see key indicators like falling rates of infant mortality in the top palm oil producing countries. This fact is inextricably linked to improved healthcare as these countries developed, a fact that is being ignored by “rainforest defenders” who deny the rights of forest peoples to modern healthcare. Fighting myths or fighting deforestation: the downsides of oversimplification“Stigmatising and discriminating a specific commodity or origin has not shown so far to be effective for reducing deforestation. Complex situations cannot be tackled with oversimplification, false or inaccurate allegations.” COCERAL, FEDIOL… Read More

Palm Oil: A Needed Factor in the Great Reset

There are grand visions of how developed countries must play a role in how countries develop with the upgrading of trade agreements to advance equality and sustainability in every sector. These visions are shared by the world’s top palm oil producing countries of Indonesia and Malaysia which have worked to bring development to every far-flung village in their countries so that no one is left behind. Unfortunately, a nasty impact of The Fourth Industrial Revolution for these countries is the use of technology to shame their efforts towards developed status. The European Union whose citizens have one of the heaviest… Read More

Closer EU Ties Needed To Save “Our Forests”

When it comes to saving “our forests”, the rich North with its climate experts seems to be telling the global South to do what they say, not what they do. This attitude has been a source of much discontent, mainly from palm oil producing countries of Indonesia and Malaysia who see it as neo-colonialism. Orangutan in a sanctuary place in the forest of Salat Island, Central Kalimantan. (Source: BOS Foundation) Climate experts far removed from tropical forests are guilty of this as they excited the importance of tropical forests in the global fight against climate change. What is more infuriating… Read More

Global Recovery Needs Fresh Approach to EU-ASEAN Relations

The struggle to survive the COVID 19 pandemic shows how the world is just one big village. We share different values, cultures and political views and we also draw political boundaries to separate one country from another. But the pandemic has shown us that what we do as a community will affect others. Thus, quoting Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi’s remarks at the annual press statement, we need to recover stronger together to achieve a global recovery. The European Union’s discriminatory policies and regulations on palm oil have hurt economic and political ties between the bloc and ASEAN’s palm oil producing… Read More

Shocking Falsehood Used in BBC Report on Palm Oil

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) continues to portray palm oil as an undesirable commodity which destroys rainforests, threatens orangutans with extinction, and condemns indigenous peoples to poverty. The Corporation’s position against palm oil can obviously be seen in a series of videos on its YouTube channel where sensationalized titles like “BBC Earth-Red Ape: The Palm Oil Problem,” and “Indigenous People Left with little after palm oil farms” or “How do we go palm oil free?” paint a negative image of palm oil. These reports can only be perceived as anti-palm oil. Reports like “What is Palm Oil” leads viewers to… Read More