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|5 November 2009
Palm oil giants refuse to vote on greenhouse gas proposal
The Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA) and its counterpart, Indonesia-based GAPKI, have withdrawn from voting on resolutions to adopt the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission draft proposal into the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) existing principles and criteria (P&C), reported Malaysian business daily the StarBiz.
The world’s top two palm oil producers also did not vote on a resolution on land use at the RSPO’s 6th General Assembly (GA6) held in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
The controversial GHG emission draft was intensely debated on Monday in a seven-hour RSPO executive board meeting, which resulted in a proposal to form a new working group to look into the conversion of the GHG draft on a voluntary basis among RSPO palm oil producer members.
GAPKI executive chairman Derom Bangun said on the sidelines of the conference that GAPKI and MPOA would be working closely with RSPO on this issue.
“We are hopeful that the conversion of the GHG draft on a voluntary basis will provide more roles for palm oil growers to guide the CGG framework based on proven field tests and correct methodology,” he said.
“The GHG is the responsibility of all. In order to support the social and environment issues of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO), the RSPO should develop GHG mitigation measures by all stakeholders of palm oil,” he added.
United Plantations Bhd vice-chairman and executive director Datuk Carl Bek-Nielsen said global warming was not created by the palm oil industry alone but driven mainly by heavy fossil fuels consumption in the West.
“It is unfair just to single out palm oil. If you want to impose GHG criteria on palm oil then all the other world agriculture crops should also be subjected to the same treatment,” he said.
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