The European Push for Sustainable Palm Oil

The rotating EU Presidency now rests in the hands of the Dutch Government, for the first six months of 2016. The Dutch EU Presidency has shown recent signs that it intends to push for greater scrutiny of palm oil that comes into Europe. This could mark the first time that an EU Council Presidency has made palm oil a strategic focus of their sustainability agenda.

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MPOC Launches New Italian Web Platform

The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) today launches a new Italian-language educational platform on palm oil, to correct the misinformation about palm oil in Italy, and promote the facts about the benefits of oil palm cultivation.

The new platform outlines the environmental and health benefits of palm oil, and corrects misinformation that has been spread in recent discriminatory anti-palm oil campaigns led by Il Fatto Alimentare.

Dr Yusof Basiron, CEO … Read More

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Obama’s Attack on Clean Energy, Sustenance and Job Creation

US President Barack Obama has tried to increase his political and economic bona fides in Southeast Asia. And for that reason he is always welcome in the region.

Yet he has a propensity for displaying purposeful ignorance whenever he visits Malaysia. At a youth event during his visit in November, he stated:

“The most polluting industries are typically the old-fashioned industries, the old ways of doing business. I know Read More

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The ‘High Carbon Stock’ Debate: Costs and Benefits

The newly released draft report from the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto High Carbon Stock Study (HCSS) group has received a small amount of press attention since it was released in mid-August.

The draft report is a culmination of months of work by a dedicated group of researchers from a diverse range of backgrounds. Notably it is being led by Jonathon Porritt, former leader of Friends of the Earth in the … Read More

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CEO of MPOC: Room for All in Certification

RSPO’s 13th annual roundtable commences in Kuala Lumpur this week. It has been an extraordinary 12 months for palm oil certification more broadly.

The Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) standard was launched at the beginning of this year.

Greenpeace and other members of the High Carbon Stock Approach released their toolkit. The Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto also completed its draft study on high carbon stock.

Throughout this, RSPO has … Read More

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Briefing: Palm Oil and Labour Rights

The Malaysian Palm Oil sector has been subjected to a number of claims by NGOs and governments in relation to labour practices in the palm oil sector.

Labour and the TPPA

Many of these claims around labour practices in Malaysia have emerged from the United States. Over the past few years there has been a push by a number of US-based labour groups and private interests to damage public perceptions … Read More

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CEO of MPOC: The Added Value of MSPO

Approximately one year ago at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian officials gave an impressive overview of the progress being made on the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) standard.

In 2014, a pilot programme was undertaken, and towards the end of the year, a number of large companies had become certified.

One year on, things have progressed further. Auditors are being trained and awareness sessions are taking place across the … Read More

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The ‘High Carbon Stock’ Debate: Costs and Benefits

The newly released draft report from the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto High Carbon Stock Study (HCSS) group has received a small amount of press attention since it was released in mid-August.

The draft report is a culmination of months of work by a dedicated group of researchers from a diverse range of backgrounds. Notably it is being led by Jonathon Porritt, former leader of Friends of the Earth in the … Read More

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CEO of MPOC: French Senators Need to Do Their Homework

The campaign against palm oil in some parts of Europe, including France, has been multifaceted. There are the well-known environmental NGOs, many of whom have a long-standing enmity for palm oil, and who have conducted smear campaigns in the past.

Then there is the domestic protectionist European industry, which fears palm oil as a better, cheaper, more efficient alternative: often such companies and organizations will also conduct attacks on palm … Read More

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Why MEP Marc Tarabella is Wrong About Palm Oil

Marc Tarabella, a Belgian Member of the European Parliament, has a long and undignified record demonising palm oil, and the 300,000 palm oil small farmers in Malaysia.

In 2013, he made statements that effectively accused palm oil and palm oil production of being environmentally destructive, harmful to human health and violating workers’ rights – despite producing no evidence, and clearly not being in possession of the facts.

In June of … Read More

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