Indonesia's palm oil-powered 'green diesel' fuels threat to forests

By Michael Taylor KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indonesia's ambitious biodiesel programme will increase the risks of deforestation as more tropical forest could be cleared to grow palm oil, environmentalists have warned, urging policymakers to implement a long-term ban on new plantations.

Indonesia - which is home to the world's third-largest tropical forests but is also its biggest producer of palm oil - has steadily increased the portion in its biodiesel mandate derived from palm oil since 2018 to boost demand. Looking.....

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