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EU tells RI to review ISPO certification

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 6 2018   /  02:25 am

Indonesia should consider reviewing its palm oil standards to make them more widely acceptable, especially in European Union member states after a palm oil shipment was recently disrupted by protestors.

The EU “strongly encourages” the Indonesian government to review the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification standard and make it more responsible and transparent by involving civil society organizations (CSO), EU Ambassador to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam Vincent Guérend said.

“When we talk about free markets, it is important to convince consumers that the [palm oil] industry is implementing sustainable practices,” he said in a press briefing on Tuesday evening in Jakarta.

The EU, according to Guérend, does not set any specific standards for palm oil. Yet, as the second-largest importer of Indonesian palm oil after India, the EU is encourag...