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Private sector to challenge EU biofuel ban

  • Rachmadea Aisyah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, June 15, 2019   /  04:18 pm
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Harvest time: A worker gathers oil palm fruit bunches at a plantation in Lampung. (The Jakarta Post/R. Berto Wedhatama)

Palm oil producers support the government’s efforts to challenge the European Union’s latest decision to completely phase out the consumption of palm oil, which the EU has classed as a high-risk vegetable oil, by 2030. In addition to filing a separate legal suit, palm oil producers and separate parties would provide funds for the government to oppose the EU’s move. The European Commission adopted on March 13 the Delegated Regulation Supplementing Directive 2018/2001, dubbed the Delegated Act, on sustainability criteria for biofuel, a derivative of the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II). Under the regulation, palm oil is the only commodity singled out for having a high risk of causing deforestation based on indirect land use change (ILUC) risks, which are calculated on the basis of agricultural land previously destined for food but converted to bi...