Tag: EU

EU Commission’s Farm-to-Fork strategy: UFOP misses economically sustainable perspective

EU Commission’s Farm-to-Fork strategy: UFOP misses economically sustainable perspective

May 31, 2020 |

In Germany, UFOP criticized the “Farm-to-Fork Strategy” presented by the European Commission, saying “This is not what perspective and collaboration look like” and “With this document, the EU Commission is far from taking this collaborative approach. On the contrary, agriculture is more or less directly denounced for undesirable nutritional developments and the use of technical […]

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Netherlands adamantly against EU ban on palm oil even when it’s sustainable

Netherlands adamantly against EU ban on palm oil even when it’s sustainable

February 20, 2020 |

In the Netherlands, Indonesia’s Tempo newspaper reports that the Netherlands’ foreign affairs minister says his country supports sustainably produced palm oil and as such doesn’t stand behind the European Union’s blanket ban on palm oil for biofuels. Together with Indonesia, the Netherlands signed an MOU in September 2019 focused on the joint production of sustainable […]

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Malaysian minister on EU charm offensive to try to boost palm oil’s green image

Malaysian minister on EU charm offensive to try to boost palm oil’s green image

February 4, 2020 |

In Malaysia, the Edge Markets reports that the country’s primary industries minister is on a charm offensive in Europe this week, visiting United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium in an effort to convince policymakers of the sustainability of Malaysia’s palm oil industry. The country is preparing new limitations on oil palm expansion as well […]

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European biofuels industry cries foul that green EU financing doesn’t include sustainable technologies

European biofuels industry cries foul that green EU financing doesn’t include sustainable technologies

October 23, 2019 |

In Belgium, as the EU institutions begin negotiations on a new regulation defining sustainability in green finance, a group of ten associations representing the Europe’s bioenergy, agriculture and forest groups have called for a coherent legislative framework to boost investment in sustainable technologies. “We support the final objective of the sustainable finance regulation: to enable […]

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EU oilseed crop smaller yet again

EU oilseed crop smaller yet again

August 3, 2019 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that for the second time in two years, the EU oilseed crop is set to be smaller than the previous year and that weather conditions have led to a reduced 2019 EU rapeseed harvest, bringing production down to a 13-year low. The EU Commission estimates 2019 output at 31.7 million tonnes. […]

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Malaysia calling on the EU to accept MSPO as a recognized certification scheme under REDII

Malaysia calling on the EU to accept MSPO as a recognized certification scheme under REDII

July 30, 2019 |

In Malaysia, as part of bilateral dialogue with the European Union over the past three months, in an attempt to resolve the impasse over palm oil’s indirect land use change impacts and future ban into the European market, the country is urging the European Union to accept and recognize the MSPO certification scheme as one […]

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Mercosur-EU agreement sees 1 billion liters of additional ethanol quota confirmed

Mercosur-EU agreement sees 1 billion liters of additional ethanol quota confirmed

July 1, 2019 |

In Argentina, the Clarin newspaper reports that the trade deal agreed between the four Mercosur countries and the European Union last week maintains the 1 billion liters of additional ethanol market access discussed in earlier offers, specifically 450,000 metric tons of duty-free ethanol from chemical use beginning as soon as the deal comes into effect […]

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Malaysia threatening fighter jet purchases on back of EU palm oil ban

Malaysia threatening fighter jet purchases on back of EU palm oil ban

March 25, 2019 |

In Malaysia, as the country looks to pull out all the stops to keep the European Union from blocking the use of palm oil for biodiesel due to alleged high indirect land use risk, it is now looking to hit Europe where it hurts—with fighter jets. Not the use of them, but the purchase of […]

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EU Ambassador says there is no EU ban on palm oil

EU Ambassador says there is no EU ban on palm oil

March 24, 2019 |

In Indonesia, Ambassador of the EU to Indonesia Vincent Guérend said in a statement on Friday that no specific biofuel or feedstock is targeted, all vegetable oils are treated equally, and palm oil is not identified as a bad biofuel, according to Antara News. “Biofuels are an important element of the EU’s renewable energy policy. […]

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Malaysia wants EU to suspend anit-palm oil policy until its scientific voracity can be proven

Malaysia wants EU to suspend anit-palm oil policy until its scientific voracity can be proven

March 19, 2019 |

In Malaysia, the Bernama news agency reports that the country’s palm oil council says the European Union’s sustainability criteria for biofuels banning the oil’s use due to allegedly high indirect land use change impacts should be suspended until the ILUC rule can be proven to be scientifically-based and non-discriminatory. In response to the EU’s rule […]

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