Indonesia threatens to leave Paris climate change accord over palm oil disputeChristian Fernsby ▼ | March 28, 2019
The Indonesian government on Wednesday threatened to quit the Paris accord on climate change if the European Union keeps moving with a plan to bar crude palm oil (CPO) from being used in raw materials for bio-fuel, a senior minister said.
Asia The move came after the European commission passed delegated acts
"If the United States and Brazil can exit from the climate deal. We consider it because it is linked with the interests of the Indonesian people," Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan stressed.
The minister said that the government would firmly defend its national interests as over 20 million people across the country rely much on the palm oil sector which has created many jobs and helped alleviate poverty in the country.
The European Union has often accused that palm oil plantations have contributed to the deforestation which threatens the habitat of several endangered species.
However, Indonesia has rebuffed the accusation, saying that the country's growers have applied a sustainable and eco-friendly way of cultivation of the commodity. ■