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Norway says will not ban palm oil but demands sustainability

  • Riyadi Suparno

    The Jakarta Post

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Oslo   /   Sun, June 30, 2019   /  04:23 pm
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Harvest time: A worker gathers oil palm fruit bunches at a plantation in Lampung. Indonesian Ambassador to Norway Todung Mulya Lubis said in Oslo on Friday that Norwegian officials had assured him that there would be no ban on palm oil.(The Jakarta Post/R. Berto Wedhatama)

The Norwegian government has told Indonesia that despite pressures from its parliament to adopt stricter measures against palm oil, the country will not ban crude palm oil and its derivatives, though it has demanded that Indonesia work toward sustainable production. Indonesian Ambassador to Norway Todung Mulya Lubis said on Friday that Norwegian officials had assured him that there would be no ban on palm oil, neither in policy nor in the newly signed Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between Indonesia and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), of which Norway is a member. “I scrutinized the agreement, and I did not see that palm oil was excluded. So as a matter of policy, the Norwegian government has not banned palm oil despite the fact that we hear so much noise coming from politicians and environmentalists,” Todung told a stakeholder forum on p...