The more palm oil they buy, the more they contribute to a US$1 billion fund that aims to protect 500,000 hectares of forest in Southeast Asia. Consumer goods giants PepsiCo, Nestle, and P&G are working with Wilmar on the venture, called Rimba Collective.
Cutting down forests has major implications on climate goals. Primary forest loss last year jumped about 12 per cent from 2019, with Brazil having the highest deforestation rates, while Indonesia and Malaysia seeing some improvements.
Ying Staton –
Negative coverage of plastic recycling has been growing. Lack of infrastructure means there is a big difference between what plastic is recyclable and what is actually recycled. Critics argue we should switch to alternatives and make polluters pay — is this the answer?
Roan du Feu –
Investors are wary of palm oil due to its social and environmental ills. But given the lack of viable alternatives and the possibility of sustainable production, investors may wish to view certified palm oil in a different light.
Khor Yu Leng, Segi Enam, Nadirah Sharif, Segi Enam, Siti Bazilah, Singapore Institute of International Affairs –
Import bans bring social issues to the fore forcing agribusiness to assess their obligations to their workforces. Are such regulatory bans the best way to address the social issues prevalent in the industry?
Other than to have mercy on soon-to-be-unemployed nuclear engineers, there is not a single reason why Southeast Asia shouldn't leapfrog nuclear energy. Dangerous and expensive, the technology simply isn't worth the hassle.
This International Women's Day, tobacco industry watchdog Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance calls on governments to support women cigarette factory workers to transition to alternative jobs, and tobacco companies to stop marketing their products to women.
Robin Hicks –
The origin of Covid-19 is believed to be a market selling live wild animals. Eco-Business asked Anbarasi Boopal of Singapore-based animal welfare charity Acres about the link between the exploitation of animals and pandemics, and what can be done to curb the illegal wildlife trade.
Robin Hicks –
In gridlocked, smoggy Southeast Asian cities, change is afoot to electrify transport and clear some of the world's most polluted skies. This video documents the pockets of hope for e-mobility around the most climate-vulnerable region.
This whitepaper sought to understand the ways in which cloud technology has benefited society, as well as to identify the ingredients needed to ensure greater digital inclusivity and sustainable growth …
How can we decarbonise even while building better cloud solutions? This white paper explores the viable solutions available to help data centre operators fight the rising tide of environmental challenges.