Paulus Tjakrawan, Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Biodiesel Producers (Aprobi), said that the policy was considered discriminatory because the European Commission’s policy has singled out palm oil, while other vegetable oils were excluded.
“Soy oil requires land that is eight times bigger,” Paulus said. He added that the government and oil palm companies are setting up a panel for the WTO session.
The lawsuit was filed following the assessment conducted by Indonesia that it had complied with international regulations. The lawsuit on the palm oil industry against the European Union was already made before 2018 when the Indonesian palm industry was accused of selling at cheaper prices abroad than domestic prices.
“At that time the standard used was from Germany. It turned out that Indonesia’s biodiesel could reduce emission by more than 50 percent. So the exports reached 1.8 million tons in 2014,” he said.
He said that Indonesia was accused of implementing subsidies and selling cheaper palm oil abroad. Indonesia then filed a lawsuit at the WTO in 2018. Indonesia was required to reduce the emission not only by 35 percent but almost 50 percent and it was fulfilled, he said.
(Writer: Mutia Fauzia | Editor: Yoga Sukmana)
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