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Green palm oil and Indonesia Inc. 2015

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, April 19 2011   /  10:26 am

The Netherlands has recently decided that from 2015 it will be committed to only using sustainable palm oil, a step that has significantly boosted the standing of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). At this stage The Netherlands is the only European country to have made such a commitment, but later it could snowball as other US and European companies have thrown their weight behind it and are likely to also adopt such steps.Given the fact the Netherlands is one of the largest importers and exporters of palm oil in Europe,
which absorbs around 30 percent of Indonesian palm oil exports, its sustainable commitment is very likely to negatively impact palm oil exports from Indonesia, unless Indonesia reviews its policy on palm oil sustainability.The Indonesian government, with support from Indonesian palm oil firms, has been at odds with several international non-governmental o...