In a move that is being celebrated by environmentalists across the globe, Norway just became world’s first country to ban the imports of deforestation-related palm oil. It should be noted that palm oil industry in countries like Malaysia and Indonesia is responsible for large-scale deforestation leading to climate change and habitat destruction of several endangered species like orangutans.
The Norwegian parliament’s decision sets an important example to other countries and underlines the need for a serious reform of the world’s palm oil industry,” said Nils Hermann Ranum of the Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) in a press release.
A 2017 report commissioned by RFN found that palm oil-based biofuel is worse for the climate than fossil fuels. The report, authored by low carbon fuels policy expert Chris Malins, concludes: “There is a large body of evidence that because of indirect land use change, palm oil biodiesel is worse for the climate than the fossil fuel it replaces—perhaps several times worse.”
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