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Indonesia, Malaysia embark on joint EU mission to defend palm oil

Indonesia and Malaysia will join forces to object to the Delegated Regulation Supplementing Directive 2018/2001 of the European Union Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII). In a statement April 6, the Malaysian Ministry of Primary Industries said the two major global palm oil producers will embark on a joint mission to Brussels, Belgium from April 8-9 under the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) currently being chaired by Malaysia.

Commercial oil palm production in Malaysia celebrates its centenary in 2017 (photos courtesy Gustav Melin).

Commercial oil palm production in Malaysia celebrated its centenary in 2017 (photos courtesy Gustav Melin).

According to the statement, Malaysia has argued that the Delegated Regulation Supplementing Directive 2018/2001 of the EU Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII) law discriminates against biofuels and bioliquids produced from palm oil from other oil crops. There is also a significant “lack of scientific data and reliable information used in the Delegated Regulation which classifies palm oil production as a high Indirect Land Use Change risk biofuel feedstock.”

The ministry said that such a “misleading interpretation” of the production of palm oil will be detrimental to countries which depend on this industry to raise the socio-economic well-being of their people, and ignores the sustainable efforts undertaken to achieve the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Furthermore, in the statement, Malaysia urges the European Union (EU) to provide “equitable treatment across all oil crop biofuels and bioliquids in line with the World Trade Organisation non-discriminative principles. Malaysia will continue to overcome disruptive and discriminatory practices on suppressing the palm oil trade.”

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