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EU-ASEAN must address issues of discrimination, ILUC

‘Green’ fuel: Pertamina president director Nicke Widyawati (left) and Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita visit the Dumai refinery in Riau on July 17, 2020. Pertamina produces its palm oil-based diesel fuel in its refinery in Dumai.(Courtesy of/Pertamina)
Dupito D. Simamora
Jakarta   ●   Tue, April 13 2021

The European Union wants to become the global leader for a sustainable planet. For that ambition, the EU has plans to reduce its environmental impact through proposals including a greener version of the Common Agricultural Policy, a carbon border tax, and its commitment to protecting 30 percent of land and seas for biodiversity.

Will these ambitions be possible? The answer is that it is almost impossible for two reasons.

First, the EU’s global trade partners reject the proposals. The carbon border tax for example, has been criticized by the United States, which is the EU’s biggest trading partner.

Second, within its member states, especially France and Germany, finding 30 percent of land to protect will not be possible as the powerful agricultural sectors in these countries are not likely to give up their farms for the sake of biodiversity.

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