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Jakarta Post

Indonesia slams EU for using old data as basis for regulation

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 23, 2019   /  09:28 am
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This aerial photo taken on March 3, 2018 shows a protected area of the Rawa Singkil wildlife reserve as part of the Leuser Ecosystem in Trumon, South Aceh, which is being burnt in preparation for the opening of a new palm oil plantation.(AFP/Januar)

The government has further criticized the European Union’s plan to restrict palm oil-based biofuels after the bloc said the constraint was based on data from 2015. The EU’s representative office in Jakarta explained that the regulation, which was issued by the European Commission on March 13, was based on the best available scientific data from 2008 to 2015, which showed that palm oil was associated with the highest level of deforestation, with 45 percent of the expansion of oil palm plantations taking place in high carbon stock areas. Ruandha Agung Sugardiman, the Environment and Forestry Ministry’s director general of climate change control, said the EU had made a risky move by basing such a pivotal decision on “outdated” data. “How could they use outdated data when we already have data from 2016 to 2018? The data they use can’t repres...