UK Parliament: key recent answers on palm oil and biofuels
- [The highlights are mine.]1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200910/cmhansrd/cm100329/text/100329w0033.htm#1003295600206129 Mar 2010 : Column 736W...
Indonesia: Climate Change
Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what conditions are attached to the £50 million funding to Indonesia announced in Davos on 29 January 2010 to help fight climate change by tackling deforestation; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that these funds are not used by the palm oil industry. 
Mr. Thomas: None of the £50 million will go to oil palm companies. DFID hopes to build on work the UK has begun with the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to agree credible environmental production standards and to secure their use by both producers and buyers. This could involve funding the RSPO itself, academic institutions supporting it and associated NGO networks. DFID expects that most of the funding will support programmes managed by organisations such as the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, Oxfam, Transparency International and local non-government organisations who have rigorous auditing and accounting procedures and employ anti-corruption safeguards.2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200910/cmhansrd/cm100329/text/100329w0006.htm#1003293600063129 Mar 2010 : Column 623W...
UK-Indonesia Working Group on Environment and Climate Change
Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many times the UK-Indonesia Working Group on Environment and Climate Change announced in Poznan in December 2008 has met; what the membership of the working group is; and what the outcomes of the working group have been to date. 
The core members of the working group are DECC, DEFRA and the Indonesian Ministry of Environment as the co-signatories of the Memorandum of Understanding. Representatives from other Government Departments and agencies from both the UK and Indonesia participate in meetings as appropriate.
Outcomes of the working group to date include the exchange of information on the EU renewable energy directive; carbon capture and storage; sustainable palm oil; and forestry and land use issues. Under the bilateral agreement between the UK and Indonesia the UK also funded two Indonesian negotiators' attendance at the June 2009 UNFCCC Intersessional and COP 15 in Copenhagen. In March this year we hosted a two-week placement for an Indonesian Government official at DECC and DEFRA.3. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200910/cmhansrd/cm100322/text/100322w0028.htm#1003223900065922 Mar 2010 : Column 137W...
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Renewable Energy Directive, published in 2009, includes sustainability criteria that bioliquids used for heat and electricity generation must meet in order to receive financial support and to count towards the directive's renewable energy targets. The criteria include a requirement for a minimum greenhouse gas savings threshold of 35 per cent., rising to 50 per
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cent. in 2017, and 60 per cent. in 2018 for new installations starting production from 2017; and controls over land use change to protect land important on biodiversity or carbon grounds, such as primary forest, wetlands and peatlands. In light of this, the Department of Energy and Climate Change will make an announcement later this month, setting out what actions the Government can take to introduce sustainability standards for biomass in the UK.
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Energy: Palm Oil
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed the relative greenhouse gas emissions of palm oil and diesel fuel used in road transport; and, if so, what are the results of their assessment. [HL2814]
The Secretary of State for Transport (Lord Adonis): The Renewable Fuels Agency's lifecycle analysis compares the direct emissions of biofuels with equal quantities of fossil fuels. This analysis shows that biodiesel derived from palm oil delivers a 46 per cent carbon saving compared to fossil diesel. The carbon savings are based on common practice from specific feedstocks and processes. Current blending limits allow suppliers of fuel to blend up to 7 per cent biodiesel with fossil fuel to meet their obligation under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation.[Excerpts]
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