Norway bans government buying palm oil-based biofuel

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The Norwegian parliament voted today to ban the public procurement and use of palm oil-based biofuel, according to media reports.

According to media reports in Mongabay, the move may make Norway the world’s first country to ban palm oil in its public procurement.

“The [Parliament] calls on the government to impose requirements through regulations to the Public Procurement Act that biofuel based on palm oil or by-products of palm oil shall not be used,” a government resolution stated.

Public procurement is a procedure by which governments purchase goods or services from companies. The resolution further stipulates that the “regulatory amendment shall enter into force as soon as possible.”

The news comes as a new report has been released by the Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) which claimed that palm oil-based biofuel is worse for the climate than fossil fuels.

The report, written by low-carbon fuels policy expert Chris Malins, blames land cover change like deforestation and the draining of peatlands for palm oil’s harmful impacts.