The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil finalised a set of criteria to check that companies which have made zero deforestation policies are meeting them. This new label, called RSPO Next, is a voluntary addition to the existing certification.
Shortly after Southeast Asia's worst haze on record, the Singapore Environment Council announced that its eco-label will certify sustainable palm oil products from next year. Eco-Business speaks to SEC head Edwin Seah to find out more about this upcoming label.
Vaidehi Shah –
Southeast Asia's haze crisis has sparked a heated conversation on what everyone from companies to governments should be doing to end the burning. Here's one thing consumers can do now to help address the problem.
Nick Rowley –
The world's rainforests are still being slashed and burned at a dizzying rate to make consumer products. But now there are signs of real political will, especially in Asia, to rein in the destruction, says University of Sydney professor Nick Rowley.
Many palm oil producers and buyers are sited in Singapore. Hit them where it hurts, by mandating banks and investors to have codes that prevent loans to or investments in firms that aid deforestation and land burning.
The reasons behind the haze are a complex web of social, economic, and political factors, and there are no easy solutions to the issue. Asia Pulp & Paper managing director for sustainability Aida Greenbury outlines four steps for ending the 'business of fire' in Indonesia.
Scientists and policymakers - aware of the extreme dry season of El Nino - have warned of fires in Indonesia months in advance. Why then, do fires continue to blaze and what is being done about it? Bogor Agricultural University's Herry Purnomo shares his view.
Three new reports build on the International Institute for Sustainable Development's work with government and civil society on reforming fossil-fuel subsidies. Led by the IISD's Global Subsidies Initiative, these studies ...
Indonesia spent IDR164.7 trillion (US$18.1 billion) subsidizing fuel products in 2011, of which IDR76.5 trillion (US$8.4 billion) was spent subsidizing gasoline. The rising cost of subsidies is placing a huge ...