The EU’s Version of Cooperation on Palm Oil
The European Commission launched its Indonesian ‘Blue Book’ – a broader strategy on bilateral development cooperation – earlier this month. The launch is generally a time of EU self-congratulation.
This year, however,… Read more
The European Parliamentary Elections: Implications for the Industry
The European elections took place last week (23rd to 26th May), and the new makeup of the European Parliament announces change. This will have serious implications for the attitude towards palm oil… Read more
RSPO Smallholder Standard: Consultation Closing
RSPO’s third round of consultations for its smallholder standard is about to close – on June 8. The consultation represents the end of another stage of what has been a particularly long road in the… Read more
The Renewable Energy Directive’s Delegated Act has now moved past its approval date of May 13th. So what is actually happening? Here’s a summary of what we’re hearing on the ground.
Neither the EU Parliament nor the Member… Read more
Kalla takes on Europe
Indonesian Vice-President has used the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in Beijing to launch a broadside at the European Union – specifically over palm oil.
In a leaders’ forum hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Kalla… Read more
GFW Forest Data for 2018: Room for Optimism
Global Forest Watch has released its tree cover loss data for 2018. Although media reports have made much of the updated data – according to some, the world’s forests are in an… Read more
China, Russia Deal With MY on Palm
Malaysia and China are renegotiating an agreement on the country’s East Coast Rail Link (ECRL). The resumed negotiation process will be indirectly tied to an agreement by China to purchase more palm oil… Read more
Memo from Brussels
Delegations from Malaysia and Indonesia visited Brussels last week in order to make their positions clearer on the ban of palm oil from the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED).
The delegations were led by Indonesia’s Economic… Read more
RED gets even hotter
Just when we thought it wasn’t possible for the RED issue to gain more traction, it has done precisely that.
The Indonesian actions against imports of alcohol have caused major ructions in Brussels (more details on… Read more
Indonesia blocks imports from the EU
In a dramatic escalation in the war over palm oil, Indonesia has upped the stakes and this week tightened imports of European spirits as a direct response to the Renewable Energy Directive Delegated Act.… Read more