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Internal emails from the UK’s Ministry of Defence have revealed concern among government officials that potential fighter jet sales to Malaysia could be adversely affected by the proposed EU ban on palm oil-based biofuels.
No proposal to force crop-based biofuels out of the market should be accepted, as that would be a step in the wrong direction away from the Paris Agreement, according to a statement signed by Eastern European countries.
The popularity of palm oil, a versatile ingredient used in about half of all products on Europe’s supermarket shelves, is gradually waning. Growing awareness of the environmental destruction caused by palm oil harvesting, and the health concerns around the oil, is leading ever more companies to remove it from their lines and policymakers to tighten the regulatory noose.
A proposal from the Irish Citizens' Assembly's to introduce a tax on agricultural emissions in Ireland has drawn sharp criticism from the country’s main farming organisations, who call the measure a “no go” and a “completely daft idea”.
EU cultivation of soya and other grain protein crops should be made more profitable and competitive within the framework of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), MEPs said.
By 2030, the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions from farming, transport, buildings and waste should be reduced by 30% and the CO2 emitted and absorbed by forestry and land use need to be balanced out.
The European Investment Bank is setting up a large-scale lending programme that aims to unlock €1 billion in investments to address the existing market weaknesses that are constraining many companies active in the agriculture and bio-economy industries.
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