RI Visit Shows EU ContradictionsAs reported last week, Indonesian ministers and ministerial staff travelled to Geneva last week to open consultations with the European Union at the WTO over the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II).The leaders of the delegation… Read more
Indonesia prepares for battle in Switzerland
This week Indonesia and the EU are meeting in Geneva for a WTO consultation over the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The meeting is the culmination of a months-long public battle of words over… Read more
I-EFTA May Be
Torpedoed by Swiss Activists
The free trade agreement between Indonesia and the
European Free Trade Area (comprising Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and
Iceland) appears to be in jeopardy after Swiss activists launched a campaign to
have palm oil… Read more
The RED Review has already begun
The implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) hasn’t commenced in earnest, but the European Commission has already begun its review of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) and relevant data.
The RED itself states… Read more
RSPO Preview: Will Smallholders Get a Standard?
The next few weeks are going to be busy for palm stakeholders in the region. A high-profile event for the industry based in Europe will be the 17th Annual Roundtable on Sustainable Palm… Read more
ICAO: Is aviation a new palm-renewables battleground?
As reported in our last issue, a number of NGOs had made aviation fuel a policy issue – taking aim at palm oil. There were, of course, a number of problems with the… Read more
COMMENT: A Decade after G20 Pittsburgh and CGF Zero Deforestation
Just over 10 years ago, the world had its eyes on Pittsburgh for the G20 meeting. The world was expecting major announcements on climate change in the lead-up to the… Read more
COMMENT: EU aid lobby seems happy to ban palm oil. How about fighting fires instead?
This year’s haze event has been highlighted by a number of aid agencies, campaigners and politicians around the world, particularly in the West. But this… Read more
NYDF: Another year, another commitment
The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) has released its first five-year assessment report, and it’s pretty sobering reading for those who were present when the 2014 declaration was signed.
For those who weren’t around… Read more
Malaysia looks for palm friendly UK FTA
Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has called on the UK to commence negotiating a trade agreement with Malaysia once the Brexit process is completed.
Unsurprisingly, he has specifically called on the UK… Read more