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MEPs to Call for Clampdown on Use of Palm Oil in Biofuels
(European Parliament News) The EU should tackle the environmental impacts of unsustainable palm oil production, such as deforestation and habitat degradation, particularly in South-East Asia, says a non-binding report to be put to a vote on Tuesday. Members advocate phasing out the use in biofuels of vegetable oils linked to deforestation by 2020, and a single certification scheme for palm oil entering the EU market.
MEPs note that 46% of the total palm oil imported by the EU is used in biofuels, requiring the use of about one million hectares of tropical soils. They call on the EU Commission to take measures to phase out the use in biofuels of vegetable oils that “drive deforestation”, including palm oil, preferably by 2020.
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MEPs stress that a large part of the global production of palm oil is in breach of fundamental human rights and adequate social standards. Child labour is frequently used, and there are many land use conflicts between local and indigenous communities and palm oil concession holders. READ MORE
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