Sustainable Palm Oil Practices Develop: European Should Not Claim about Deforestation

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Sustainable Palm Oil Practices Develop: European Should Not Claim about Deforestation

InfoSAWIT, KUALA LUMPUR - General Director of Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), Datuk Dr Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir urged, European Union should not focus to deforestation issue only but also see what palm oil industries have been running for they need confession too, namely about sustainability, and other land backup conservation aspects.

“As our commitment to sustainability, Malaysia voluntarily agreed to minimize green- house gas emission intensively up to 45% in 2030,” he said in hybrid forum with the theme “Perjanjian Perdagangan dan Permintaan Produk”, held by World Trade Institute in di Bern, Swiss, Institute of Malaysia dan International Studies (IKMAS UKM), and MPOB-UKM, as quoted from The Edge Markets.

He also mentioned, by having 3,16 tons of crude palm oil (CPO) per hectare, palm oil  is planted in about 23,45 million hectare areas (if the plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia combined) while soybean production reached 0,45 ton per hectare which is planted in about 129,15 million hectare areas (if soybean plantations in Brazil, Argentina, and USA combined), and canola oil production reached 0,78 tons per hectares which is planted in about 32,47 million hectare areas (if canola plantations in China, Canada, and European Union combined) and sunflower oil production that reached 0,76 tons per hectare which is planted in about 28,1 million hectare areas (if the plantations in European Union, Rusia, and Ukraine combined).

Ahmad Parveez also mentioned, there are almost four million smallholders in Malaysia and Indonesia collectively, including temporary contract migrants from Asia. In the past few decades, palm oil industries helped millions of people out of poverty.

The Ambassador, Markus Schlagenhof as Chief Division of World Trade Institute Secretariat of Swizz in Economy, mentioned, there would be some initiatives to make and implement from the agreement that was made by 143 governments in Conference of Parties (COP 26) in Glasgow last year to stop and turn over the forest loss in 2030. “We have to escalate our support and keep working together to make it through,” he said.

Southeast Asia countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand are the biggest CPO producer in the world. Indonesia and Malaysia contributed hardly 80% of the total CPO production in the world. It was exported to many countries. European countries imported about 8,2 million tons from the three countries.

CPO and its derivatives are used in many food and consumer products, such as, biscuit, chocolate, soap, and cosmetics. In European Union, palm oil is used as the material for vegetable oil in transportation.

But in the past decades, there were critics on the negative impacts from palm oil and they always connected to expansion, new planting, deforestation, and wild animals which in danger.

That is why World Trade Institute, IKMAS UKM, and Chairman of Chairman of MPOB-UKM did the forum to join every regulator, industry, civil organization, and scientific community to reflect the field reality – challenge and opportunity in every aspect from sustainable development perspective – and deliver critical ways but constructive to share one’s perspective and aspiration. (T2)