New report: EU biofuel proposal a futile effort to curb productive land use in Asia - The European Parliament is set to vote on a proposal that adds additional burdens for renewable fuels being exported to Europe under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The proposed new requirement to report or calculate additional carbon emissions is a vain attempt to regulate land use outside Europe. Even modelling produced for the European Commission itself demonstrated that the proposed policy would have no significant impact.

A recent report by World Growth shows how the burdensome ILUC reporting requirements will simply add new obsta
cles to imports from non-European biofuel producers. Continue reading

The Green Development Oil Newsletter – Issue 32, June 2013

Haze from land clearing engulfs parts of SE Asia; Situation requires facts before pronouncements

Malaysian and Singaporean governments have expressed concerns about the impact of haze from forest and peat fires in Sumatra. There are suggestions that this has been caused by land clearance for oil palm plantations by agricultural businesses, including a number of Malaysian-owned companies operating in Indonesia. Continue reading

Press Release: New Report Details Harm to Small Farmers of WWF Palm Oil Campaign

 Fresh concerns raised over WWF push for high cost sustainability standards – A campaign by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) to impose onerous and costly sustainability palm oil standards on small farmers in South East Asia will not materially improve the environment and only reduce their commercial viability, according to pro-development NGO, World Growth.

In a new report, World Growth has detailed how the cost of adopting the standards in the WWF sustainability system (known as RSPO – Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) would push small holders out of global markets.   Continue reading

“Carbon Footprint” Risks Misuse and Economic Damage, NGO Research Finds

Research Shows Carbon Footprint Concept Is Too Technically Uncertain To Determine Management Of Tropical Forest – Misapplication Could Harm Economic Development

WASHINGTON, DC – Pro-development NGO, World Growth, released research today demonstrating that “carbon footprint” criteria advocated by environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to regulate carbon emissions from land use change in tropical forests is too uncertain to use.  Data is weak and provides contrary results.  Key concepts remain speculative.  Use of current criteria could unnecessarily restrict agricultural production and would not have a beneficial environmental impact. Continue reading

NGO Warns The Greens and Xenophon Senate Bill on Palm Oil Labelling Will Harm The Poor and Damage Australian Relations with Malaysia and Indonesia

 CANBERRA – The Chairman of World Growth, the pro-development NGO, Alan Oxley, today called on the Australian Government and the Opposition to oppose a bill restricting imports of palm oil from Malaysia and Indonesia.

“A bill sponsored in the Senate by The Greens and Senator Xenophon which would restrict imports of products containing palm oil should be opposed by the Government and the Opposition,” said Mr Oxley.  “The bill is fundamentally flawed, would harm the poor and damage relations with Malaysia and Indonesia.” Continue reading

World Bank’s New Anti-Poor and Anti-Free Trade Palm Oil Policy

WASHINGTON, DC - World Growth today released a comprehensive analysis of the recently released World Bank Group framework for engagement in the palm oil sector.  The analysis finds that the framework will negatively impact the growth and development of the palm oil industry in developing nations moving the Bank further and further away from its original mandate to reduce poverty and encourage economic growth.  The new policy positions the Bank to be the new global czar for sustainability and the environment, affirms a formal partnership with WWF ‘s recently announced goal to control food markets and hinders efforts to expand food production to meet the growing global demand and rising food prices. Continue reading

World Bank Hinders Response To Global Food Crisis

Solutions to Crisis Should Empower Agricultural Producers, Not Restrict Production

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a response to the report by the World Bank, which proclaims that the hike in food prices has sent more than 44 million people into extreme poverty, Ambassador Alan Oxley, Chairman of pro-development NGO World Growth, released the following statement:

“Despite President Zoellick’s recent warning about the dangerously high level of global food prices, the Bank has remained silent about its support for policies that restrict expansion of land for production of food staples. Continue reading

New Report – The Economic Benefits of Indonesia’s Palm Oil Industry

How Indonesian Palm Oil Contributes to Economic Growth and Food Security in Indonesia and the World

Washington, DC – Efforts to restrict land conversion by environmental non-governmental organizations (NGO) and international institutions risk undermining economic growth in Indonesia and global food security, according to a new report released today by pro-development NGO World Growth.  The report assesses the palm oil industry, addresses the benefits and challenges facing the industry, and examines the role the industry has played in Indonesia’s economic growth and development. Continue reading

World Bank’s Palm Oil Plan Kills Jobs and Threatens Global Food Security

Framework Reveals Cozy Alliance between World Bank and WWF

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, World Growth submitted formal comments on a revision by the World Bank of its proposed Framework for Engagement in the Palm Oil Sector.  The process has been wrought with delay and criticized by stakeholders, particularly those representing Africa and emerging economies, for substituting proven poverty-alleviating and growth-enhancing strategies with plans developed by Green NGOs to limit production and trade of palm oil. Continue reading