Claim- Member of the European Parliament, Katerina Konecna, of the far-left GUE Group, claims in a draft European Parliament report that: “palm oil as a component of biodiesel [should] be phased out by 2020” (Paragraph 16)

Truth

This proposal would have negative effects on a) the EU’s GHG-reduction strategy; b) the EU’s advanced biomass plans and c) the incomes and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of small farmers.

Palm oil is by far the most efficient oilseed in the world. Biodiesel from palm oil is therefore responsible for using far less land, and far less fertilizers and other inputs, compared to any other oilseed crop. The use of Palm Oil has been shown by scientists to be highly beneficial for the EU’s renewable strategy.

Advanced biomass is also a major advantage: Palm Oil’s use of POME, used FFB and fronds, have significant benefits as advanced biomass feedstocks that can be beneficial for the EU’s pivot towards advanced biofuels and biomass.

Finally, 300,000 small farmers in Malaysia rely on Palm Oil – as well as millions more around the world. MEP Konecna’s plan to discriminate against Palm Oil, which would favour rich European rapeseed farmers, is a regressive and discriminatory plan that would harm small farmers across Africa and Asia.

The claim that palm oil should be discriminated against in the EU’s renewable energy strategy, does not stand up to factual scrutiny.