It's not only oil palm development. Oil seed plantation is causing more carbon emission with deforestation of 5 mil hectares land for the crops annually. However, this crops give less yield (by 10%) as compared to oil palm, and yet it's causing more harm to the environment.<quoted text>
You have a valid point. But I think the main critic against RSPO is the lack of transparency in terms of carbon acctg.'They' contend that oil palm dev may lead to greater emissions esp if it involves conversion of peatland and carbon-rich forests. Do u agree with such contention?
Around 60% of Indonesia and Malaysia are tree-covered or forests area. That means we have bigger carbon sink compared to any other countries including US.
Deforestation from oil palm development have been subjected to disappearance of certain species of flora and fauna. But the oil palm trees actually are also sanctuary for many species of animals, insects and plants.
According to US Renewable Fuel Standards, the acceptable limit for CO2 emissions by biofuel is 20%. Palm oil CO2 emission is around 16-18%.
I don't understand why US still unable to accept palm oil based biofuel. Has RSPO done enough to convince them?