Palm Oil Monitor Weekly Update – 12th November 2018

RSPO GA Preview The RSPO Roundtable and General Assembly takes place this week in Kota Kinabalu. Although much of the outreach and public activity takes place at the Roundtable meeting, the General Assembly is where the more substantial decisions are made via proposed resolutions. The revised Principles and Criteria are the most significant item on […]

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Indonesia Sounds Alarm over Brussels’ Biofuels Trojan Horse

This week, according to our sources, the European Commission will officially start drafting the Delegated Act outlining the ‘Deforestation Criteria’ for the Renewable Energy Directive. In advance, POM has received an exclusive copy of Indonesia’s ‘non-paper’ critique of RED II’s use of indirect land-use change (ILUC) in the upcoming revision of the Renewable Energy Directive […]

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Palm Oil Monitor Weekly Update – 30th October 2018

The Amsterdam Declaration’s Subtle Shift The recent European Palm Oil Alliance meeting in Spain brought the Amsterdam Declaration back into the spotlight. The Amsterdam Declaration was set with great fanfare in 2015. The target set under the non-binding ‘agreement’ back then was for 100 per cent imports of certified sustainable palm oil, i.e. all palm […]

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Palm Oil Monitor Weekly Update – 15th October 2018

Nestle: Who Needs Greenpeace? Greenpeace’s action against Wilmar and other firms has highlighted the work being undertaken by Nestle and The Forest Trust in conjunction with Airbus. The ‘Starling’ program that the three entities have put together relies on decades of historical satellite imaging and new monitoring data. Theoretically, in combination with better palm oil […]

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Palm Oil Monitor – Weekly Update 1st October 2018

Indonesia Tries Another Moratorium The Indonesian government has said that it has put in place a presidential instruction that halts new palm oil developments for three years. Various environmental groups have welcomed the announcement, but it should be viewed with a degree of scepticism. First, it’s a presidential instruction or ‘inpres’. This means it is […]

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Palm Oil Monitor – Weekly Update 24th September 2018

COMMENTARY: Is the GAR spat putting the HCS Group at risk? The Golden-Agri Resources-Greenpeace spat has escalated since we wrote about it briefly last week. To recap, GAR appeared to be losing patience with anti-palm oil campaigners, particularly in Europe. This anti-palm sentiment was underlined by Greenpeace’s overtly anti-palm oil ‘Rang Tan’ video. Since then, […]

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