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Newly discovered orangutan species in Indonesia already at risk

Press release | 3 November, 2017 at 3:57

Jakarta, Indonesia, 3 November 2017 - Researchers have announced the discovery of a new species of orangutan in the north of Sumatra Island. The Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis) is the first new addition in almost a century to the small...

5 reasons why coal is on the way out

Blog entry by Lauri Myllyvirta | 25 October, 2017 1 comment

While some politicians  - ahem, Trump! - are trying to prop up the fossil fuel industry, there’s been a quiet revolution happening around the world. People are ditching coal - the main global energy source since 2003 - like never...

Major palm oil company promises to protect forests

Blog entry by Annisa Rahmawati | 28 April, 2017

There's been a major development in our campaign to protect Indonesia's forests. IOI, one of the largest palm oil traders in the world, has just made a significant commitment to protect rainforests . If put into practice, this...

Palm oil giant IOI moves to eliminate deforestation and human rights abuses from...

Press release | 28 April, 2017 at 2:00

Jakarta, 28 April 2017 - The IOI Group, one of the world’s largest palm oil traders, today made a significant commitment to address deforestation and exploitation throughout its supply chain. [1] Greenpeace has suspended its active campaign to...

IndoAgri’s new palm oil policy wholly inadequate, also leaves out many Salim Group...

Press release | 14 March, 2017 at 12:03

London, 14 March 2017 - Greenpeace International today dismissed as inadequate in both substance and scope a new palm oil policy issued by Indofood’s agriculture subsidiary Indofood Agri Resources Ltd (IndoAgri).[1]

Papua’s first 'Village Forest' handed over, after decade fighting deforestation

Press release | 9 March, 2017 at 11:25

Teminabuan, West Papua, 9 March 2017 - A 3,545 hectare slice of Papua’s rainforest was today officially placed in community hands, to be protected and managed by the indigenous people of the Knasaimos landscape in West Papua’s Bird’s Head...

HSBC promises to cut ties with forest-trashing palm oil companies

Blog entry by Annisa Rahmawati | 21 February, 2017 1 comment

There's been a major breakthrough in protecting Indonesia's forests: HSBC has committed to  breaking its links to palm oil companies destroying forests and peatlands. This is a fantastic  result for everyone who has been campaigning...

New HSBC ‘no deforestation’ policy first step towards sustainable palm oil finance

Press release | 20 February, 2017 at 6:29

London, 20 February 2017 – HSBC today published a new ‘No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation’ policy covering its financing of palm oil companies. [1]

I've seen the forest fires HSBC is helping to fund

Blog entry by Adi Prabowo | 13 February, 2017 1 comment

The elderly gentleman approached me as our morning protest yesterday unfolded in front of HSBC’s Indonesian head office in Jakarta’s World Trade Centre building. Refusing the campaign postcard that I offered, his brow furrowed, he...

Revealed: HSBC is funding forest destruction

Blog entry by Annisa Rahmawati | 17 January, 2017 1 comment

Today we’ve let the cat out of the bag that HSBC - one of the biggest banks in the world - is funding destructive palm oil companies. Now its customers are waking up to the news that the bank card in their pocket is linked to the...

HSBC exposed as the banker behind Indonesia’s deforestation crisis

Press release | 17 January, 2017 at 1:00

Jakarta, 17 January, 2017 - Greenpeace International exposed in a new report today how HSBC, Europe’s largest bank, loaned hundreds of millions of US dollars to some of the most destructive palm oil companies in Indonesia. [1]

Dirty Bankers

Publication | 17 January, 2017 at 2:00

HSBC, headquartered in the UK, is currently one of the largest providers of financial services to the palm oil industry. HSBC has detailed policies on forestry and agricultural commodities (including specific sections on palm oil). It claims...

How palm oil companies like IOI have set Indonesia on fire

Blog entry by Adi Prabowo | 27 September, 2016

This morning, while most of the Netherlands was still asleep, my colleague Nilus and I - along with dozens of Greenpeace activists - slipped into Rotterdam’s port facilities. The temperature is just eight degrees celsius, my first time...

Greenpeace blockades palm oil trader IOI in Rotterdam

Press release | 27 September, 2016 at 6:28

Rotterdam, 27 September 2016 – Greenpeace activists closed off access for all imports and exports from palm oil trader IOI this morning in the harbour of Rotterdam, palm oil’s gateway into Europe. Palm oil from companies involved in forest...

A Deadly Trade-off

Publication | 27 September, 2016 at 8:00

Over the last two decades, the plantation sector has laid waste to Indonesia’s forests and peatlands. Millions of hectares have been destroyed for pulp and oil palm concessions at great cost to wildlife, the climate and people.

100,300 deaths from Indonesia’s fires during 2015, new study estimates

Press release | 19 September, 2016 at 6:08

Jakarta, Indonesia, 19 September 2016 – A groundbreaking Harvard and Columbia university study estimates that 100,300 premature deaths resulted from last year’s devastating Indonesian forest fire crisis.

Destructive palm oil company IOI let off the hook too easily by RSPO

Blog entry by Annisa Rahmawati | 10 August, 2016 1 comment

A major palm oil company, which had its sustainability certificates suspended for violating rules designed to prevent the destruction of Indonesia's forests and peatlands, has had those certificates reinstated. This shocking decision...

Palm oil giant IOI has lost customers for destroying forests, but will it change?

Blog entry by Annisa Rahmawati | 9 June, 2016

IOI - one of the largest palm oil companies in the world - is having a difficult time right now. Not only has it recently lost its sustainability certification , but as a result its customers are leaving in droves. And with good...

IOI’s Indonesian forest fire legacy revealed at European palm oil summit

Press release | 9 June, 2016 at 3:40

Jakarta, 9 June 2016 - New analysis reveals the scale of fires in and around the IOI Group’s palm oil concessions in Indonesia. The findings, published today by Greenpeace International, come as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) meets...

Burning Issue

Publication | 9 June, 2016 at 2:00

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) suspended Malaysian palm oil company IOI in March 2016 for breaches of RSPO principles. Since its suspension, IOI has lost many of its biggest customers. It responded with a lawsuit against the RSPO,...

World-famous cake mix Betty Crocker linked to rainforest destruction

Press release | 1 June, 2016 at 19:27

Jakarta, 1 June 2016 - Betty Crocker, a leading instant cake and baking mix brand owned by US based food company General Mills, is sourcing palm oil from a company responsible for the destruction of rainforest and orangutan habitat in Indonesia.

This court victory in Indonesia could send shock waves across the fashion world

Blog entry by Ahmad Ashov Birry | 1 June, 2016 2 comments

Indonesia's textile industry is worth a whopping US$20 billion, and supplies global fashion brands around the world. It has also left a huge environmental footprint. But a recent court victory could change everything. The question...

Activists bring coal supply to a standstill at massive Indonesian power plant

Press release | 15 May, 2016 at 3:20

Jakarta, 15 May 2016 – Greenpeace Indonesia activists today climbed the cranes of two grab-type ship unloaders, blocking the supply of coal for the Cirebon Coal Power Plant. The protest in Indonesia, the world’s second biggest exporter of coal,...

Greedy coal company is forcing farmers to crawl to get to their land

Blog entry by Aghnia Fasza or Tides | 13 May, 2016

In Batang Regency, on the north coast of Central Java, one of Indonesia's largest coal companies have made themselves at home… right in the middle of land owned by local farmers. How are they able to get away with this? Batang...

Greenpeace calls for legal action against rogue palm oil producer and trader IOI

Press release | 27 April, 2016 at 8:19

Jakarta, 27 April 2016 - Palm oil giant IOI continues to drain and develop fire-prone peatland concessions in West Kalimantan despite an Indonesian government ban on further peatland development and sanctions from both the government and the...

When palm oil companies get banned, are they willing to change?

Blog entry by Kiki Taufik | 25 April, 2016 1 comment

As Indonesia's president announces a temporary ban on palm oil development, one of the world's biggest palm oil traders faces a customer revolt over its deforestation in Borneo… and it could lead to some big wins for forest protection.

Sumatran rhino found while forest habitat is lost

Blog entry by Jamie Woolley | 1 April, 2016 1 comment

Last week, researchers announced the first live encounter with a Sumatran rhino in Borneo for over 40 years. But the human pressures that have pushed this species to the brink of extinction are still very much in play. A rhino...

8 ways people are fighting for forests this International Day of Forests

Blog entry by Dawn Bickett | 20 March, 2016

Love trees? Then celebrate – 21 March is the International Day of Forests! Without healthy, thriving forests, our planet cannot sustain life. But they are facing serious threats from human activity. As much as 80 percent of the...

In Indonesia, a new tool helps communities protect their land from fire

Blog entry by Teguh Surya | 16 March, 2016 1 comment

One morning in early 2009, Pak Manan a resident of Sungai Tohor, a coastal village on one of Indonesia’s islands in Riau, Sumatra, took his regular walk to community land about four kilometres away from the village. When he arrived he...

Greenpeace launches maps tracking "near real-time" Indonesian deforestation and fires

Press release | 15 March, 2016 at 12:00

Jakarta, 15 March 2016 - As a new forest fire crisis builds in the country, with fire hotspots numbering in the hundreds on many recent days, Greenpeace Indonesia today launched a mapping tool allowing the public to monitor fires and...

Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson and PepsiCo among brands failing to protect...

Press release | 3 March, 2016 at 6:00

Jakarta, 3 March 2016 - Greenpeace today released a scorecard rating 14 global consumer goods companies, finding much more needs to be done to break the link between palm oil and deforestation. [1]

Cutting Deforestation Out Of Palm Oil

Publication | 3 March, 2016 at 7:00

In recent years, the world’s biggest companies have woken up to the environmental costs associated with palm oil and the other commodities they buy. Nowhere are those costs more evident than in Indonesia, which has lost 31 million hectares of...

Palm oil: who’s still trashing forests?

Blog entry by Annisa Rahmawati | 3 March, 2016 3 comments

How 'clean' is the palm oil used by major brands around the world? Today, we're releasing the results of our investigation into which companies are keeping promises to stop deforestation in Indonesia for palm oil. Take a look now to...

Forests Not Fires

Action | 3 March, 2016 at 3:00

Fires are blazing across Indonesia, turning precious rainforest into cinders and threatening endangered species. The palm oil industry continues to fuel the crisis by bulldozing rainforests and draining peatlands.

11 moments that broke the internet in 2015

Blog entry by Stefanus Wongsodiredjo | 29 December, 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, we reflect back on some of the people powered moments that pulled our heart strings, filled us with passion or simply inspired us. Here are a few of them, from Greenpeace and beyond... 1. Imagine if we...

This is what YOU made happen in 2015...

Blog entry by Shuk-Wah Chung | 29 December, 2015

It may have been the  warmest year on record , but one thing’s for sure: 2015 signalled hope and change for the enviro-movement. Here are 9 things you helped happen in 2015. A large scale message made by hundreds of people...

Will Europe lead the way towards 'zero deforestation'?

Blog entry by Sébastien Risso | 2 December, 2015 2 comments

From the time we're in school, we are taught that forests absorb and store carbon dioxide, one of the main greenhouse gases (GHG) responsible for climate change, and that they produce and release oxygen. Yet despite the essential role...

Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL) report

Publication | 2 December, 2015 at 12:00

In September 2015, the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) announced the publication of a new Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL) report. This is the country’s official report to the UNFCCC, establishing baseline...

Meet the Indonesians taking climate action into their own hands

Blog entry by Yuyun Indradi | 2 December, 2015 5 comments

Just over a year ago, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo of Indonesia - one of the biggest emitters along with the US, China and India - visited a local community affected by the forest fires and vowed to tackle the devastating crisis.

10 shocking facts show how companies are still trashing Indonesia’s forests

Blog entry by Danielle Boobyer | 23 November, 2015 1 comment

For months, forest fires raged across Indonesia bringing the world's attention to the country's devastating forest destruction. Both people and orang-utans were endangered as the fires raged and a thick, choking haze swept across...

Under Fire

Publication | 19 November, 2015 at 9:00

Indonesia’s fire crisis, the result of decades of wholesale forest and peatland destruction, has put Indonesia’s plantation industries in the global spotlight. Global consumer companies and traders must face up to their role in fuelling this...

Palm oil giants fuelling forest fires in Borneo

Press release | 19 November, 2015 at 1:18

Jakarta, 19 November 2015 – Forest and peatland destruction by ‘sustainable’ palm oil companies is fuelling forest fires in Borneo, a new investigation by Greenpeace International has revealed.

Sad, scared, alone. The baby orangutan orphaned by the plantation industry

Blog entry by Zamzami | 13 November, 2015 3 comments

For half an hour Otan wouldn't let go. Only eight months old, he already had a vice-like grip, his nails digging so deep they left half-moon imprints in the skin of his carer. If there were trees, Otan would be swinging freely from...

Greenpeace exposes recently burnt Indonesian forest replaced with palm oil

Press release | 5 November, 2015 at 7:43

Jakarta, 5 November 2015 - New photos and video released today by Greenpeace Southeast Asia show freshly planted palm oil saplings on deforested peatland where several fires have recently broken out at the edges of an orangutan sanctuary.[1]...

4 ways to STOP Indonesia's forest fires

Blog entry | 2 November, 2015 8 comments

A brief spell of rainfall in Indonesia has minimised the number of fire hotspots that have been broadcasting toxic smoke across the country...for now. Here are four ways to #StoptheHaze…once and for all. 13-yr old sister holds...

Greenpeace calls on Indonesia’s plantation industry to adopt Fire Action Plan

Press release | 29 October, 2015 at 6:43

Jakarta, 29 October 2015 - Greenpeace has launched a challenge to the plantation industry to respond to the devastating scale of the forest fires crisis, set out in a new Greenpeace Southeast Asia analysis. The four-step Fire Action Plan aims to...

"I'm tired of being made sick by this smoke"

Blog entry | 28 October, 2015

22 year old Indonesian student, Rahmi Carolina has spent her entire life living with the haze. Each year, as the fires rage and grow more intense, so does she. So she's using social media and doing something about it. Elementary...

The generation living under Indonesia's deadly forest fires

Blog entry by Zamzami | 7 October, 2015 1 comment

The impacts of Indonesia’s forest fires are being felt most amongst Indonesia’s young, turning them into the “haze generation”. I flew from Jakarta and landed in the city of Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan, in...

UAV footage of massive forest fires as Indonesia’s carbon bomb explodes

Press release | 7 October, 2015 at 8:00

Jakarta, 7 October 2015 - Shocking UAV footage captured by Greenpeace Southeast Asia field researchers shows the massive underground peat fires burning across Indonesia.

Choked in smoke - living in the thick of Indonesia’s haze

Blog entry | 11 September, 2015 2 comments

Smoke caused by forest fires and peatland destruction, is covering about 80% of Sumatra, Indonesia. And it seems like no matter how far you try to escape, the smoke follows. My wife and daughter should be at our home in...

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