War in Ukraine raises demand for palm oil and could increase deforestation in Indonesia

An investigation by Chain Reaction Research , which analyzes the effects of raw material exploitation on deforestation, “estimated that, as of April 2020, these NDPE commitments covered 83% of palm oil refining capacity in Indonesia and China. Malaysia”, the two biggest producers, underlined Rosenbarger. “In the last two years, specifically, we have also had to take into account the potential impact of the covid-19 pandemic”, he highlighted.


During the last five years, the pace of deforestation in Indonesia has slowed down – which is deeply associated with the expansion of palm oil plantations, the cheapest and also the most consumed in the world. But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could stop that progression, because it is leaving the world starving for another oil, that of sunflower.

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