The European Commission published an Act in which it listed the criteria for the selection of plants for the production of biofuels. The publication of the document was expected by farmers of Malaysia and Thailand, where they export the lion’s share of palm oil. However, European officials rejected the latter for the production of biofuels. The reason is that the use of palm oil does not contribute to the “greening” of the planet, but rather worsens the situation.
The act of the European Commission means that palm oil is now a biofuel raw crop, the production of which significantly affects the land use, so it should be withdrawn from the market until 2030.
Such data were obtained after the study of specialized literature and the results of new studies. According to which, the increase in the area of plantations from 2008 to 2015 for the production of palm oil occurred in areas with a high concentration of carbon. That is, the consequences of the use of palm oil in biofuels for the planet are more harmful than the use of oil or other fossil fuels.
At the same time, the European Commission has allowed to use soy oils as biofuels. The report said that the number of soybean plantations in areas with high carbon content has decreased and does not contradict EU requirements.
Numerous manufacturers, exporters, scientists and European officials do not agree to the report of the European Commission.