Indonesia opposes EU’s energy policy hinh anh 1Indonesian Deputy Foreign Minister Mahendra Siregar speaks at the event (Photo: Antara)
Jakarta (VNA)Indonesian Deputy Foreign Minister Mahendra Siregar on March 11 stressed that Indonesia could not accept the European Union (EU)’s energy policy, describing it as discriminatory.

Addressing the Policy Dialogue on Strategic Bio-energy between Indonesia and Sweden in Jakarta, Siregar said Indonesia considers the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) and the Derivative Act released by the EU as a major challenge that would prevent the development of more productive and constructive relations between Indonesia and the EU.

Citing the results of research published by Dr. Erich E Dumelin from the US’s University of California, Siregar said the productivity of palm oil is some 4 to 9 times greater than other vegetable oils.

While the focus of the EU renewable energy policy is only limited to deforestation, in fact the environmental damage caused by vegetable oil in Europe goes further than that, he said.

Indonesia will only accept fair treatment on this issue, because the development of vegetable oil must actually meet all parameters of sustainable development goals, he added./.