Facing Global Market, Palm Oil Plantations Need to be Certified
[unpad.ac.id, 7/9/2018] Sustainable biofuel production is needed to meet the needs of renewable energy, one of which is in the transportation sector in 2020. For this reason, certification for sustainable oil palm plantations is considered important to support this achievement .
This was conveyed by Prof. Lena Partzsch from the University of Freiburg, Germany when giving a public lecture entitled “Global Standard for Palm Oil: Approach, Impact and Perpectives of Sustainability Certification” at Bale Sawala, Rectorate Building Unpad Jatinangor campus, Monday (3/9).
The event was attended by a number of Agribusiness Study Program students from the Faculty of Agriculture, Unpad, students of the Unpad Biodiversity Management Master Program, and participants from outside Unpad.
Prof. Partzsch said that the European Commission has approved 16 certification schemes, six of which are certification schemes for the palm oil industry in Indonesia.
On that occasion, Prof. Partzsch also explained that in the past 16 years, Indonesia’s palm oil exports have been growing. In 2000, Indonesia exported palm oil to several countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, China, Spain, Britain and India.
While in 2016 Indonesia’s export destinations expanded to several countries such as Russia, Korea, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Italy, Egypt, the United States, Brazil and South Africa.
Research Manager, Community Service, Innovation, and Cooperation which also acted as the moderator of Dr. rer. pol Ernah, SP., M.Sc. said that the public lecture was held in order to explore cooperation between the University of Freiburg Germany and the Faculty of Agriculture, Unpad.
Release / art | Translated by dfa