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Jakarta Post

Letter to the editor: EU ambassador on palm oil stance

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, November 2 2018   /  01:39 am

I write in relation to the article dated Sept. 28, “EU unfazed by RI’s sustainable PO drive”. The paper does neither properly reflect the views expressed during the event, nor the European Union positions.

Please allow me to try and clarify the most serious misunderstandings:

Firstly, the EU does not “phase out PO [palm oil] based biofuels by 2030”. The Union remains a large, open market for palm oil. EU member states will first freeze (2021-2023) then gradually roll back (2023-2030) the contribution of food-based bioenergy feedstocks among renewable energy sources.

Palm oil, like any other crop, will need to pass new, “objective and non-discriminatory” criteria to be considered and encouraged as a low carbon, renewable energy source. If it fails to pass these criteria, palm oil imports would still be possible under current conditions, except European...