Palm oil smallholders play an increasing role in deforestation and peat degradation. To make sustainable palm oil a reality, an industry is searching for ways to steer these farmers towards more responsible practices.
Environmental activists have criticised Indonesia’s two presidential candidates, Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto, for not addressing the negative aspects of palm oil production, which both are pushing as a feedstock for biodiesel.
An investigative report from Greenpeace claims that RSPO member Bumitama, which supplies the likes of Unilever, Mars and Mondelez, concealed connections to firms that cleared Indonesian forests illegally with an elaborate cover-up ploy.
Daniel Litvin –
As extreme weather events intensify, so too will the political siege on the fossil fuel industry, and rightfully so. But Daniel Litvin warns that an unthinking backlash on Big Oil could have perverse effects for the global energy transition.
and Craig Hanson –
Although some forms of bioenergy can play a helpful role, dedicating land specifically for generating bioenergy is unwise, say WRI president Andrew Steer and global director of food, forests and water, Craig Hanson.
and Niclas Hällström –
The only way to make real progress toward mitigating climate change is to work to eliminate fossil fuels completely, rather than relying on new and uncertain technologies like bio-energy and carbon capture and storage, say researchers.