Neste Oil - biodiesel driving rainforest destruction

Global demand for palm oil is increasing fast. The cost to the environment and the global climate is devastating – tropical rainforests and peatlands are being torn up to provide land for oil palm plantations. Currently most of the palm is used in food and cosmetics, but the use for biofuel production is rapidly increasing. In 2011 Finnish oil refiner Neste Oil finalized its palm oil diesel refinery investements. In 2012 it will become the world’s largest producer of biodiesel and most likely also the number one palm oil user.

 

Neste Oil has bold plans. In 2012 Neste Oil will need 2.5 million tons of raw materials for its refineries in Singapore, Rotterdam and Finland, most of it being palm oil. This will make Neste Oil one of the world’s largest palm oil processors. To meet its huge production targets Neste Oil needs several hundreds of thousands of hectares additional plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia – developed at the expense of the local rainforests and their inhabitants.

Driven by the rapid development of the market for biodiesel the global demand for palm oil is expected to double between 2000 and 2030 and to triple by 2050. The Indonesian government is planning to increase the country’s current 7 million hectares of palm oil plantations by 4 million hectares by 2015 for biofuel production alone. Palm oil production is growing also in South America and Africa.

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Greenpeace activists confront chairman of Shell over Arctic drilling

Press release | November 13, 2013 at 13:11

Eight Greenpeace Nordic activists today peacefully confronted the Shell Chairman of the Board Mr Jorma Ollila in Helsinki today over his company’s plans to drill in the Arctic.

Greenpeace defies Russian attempt to prevent Arctic oil protest, enters Kara Sea

Press release | August 24, 2013 at 7:05

Northern Sea Route, August 24, 2013 - The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise today entered the Northern Sea Route (NSR) off Russia’s coastline to protest against Arctic oil drilling, in defiance of Russian authorities who this week refused the ship...

Russia shuts Greenpeace out of Arctic Sea Route, stifles criticism of oil industry

Press release | August 20, 2013 at 16:49

Wednesday August 21 (Barents Sea) - The Russian Government has denied permission for the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise to enter the increasingly busy Northern Sea Route (NSR), despite the ship having fulfilled all the requirements for such...

Rosneft Seismic Vessel returns to port, ending protest after two days

Press release | August 16, 2013 at 11:13

August 15, 2013 (Barents Sea) — After two days of protest from the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise, the oil exploration vessel Akademik Lazarev is leaving the Rosneft oil field and returning to port.

Greenpeace ship continues protest preparations for Arctic drilling

Press release | August 14, 2013 at 15:11

August 14, 2013 (Barents Sea) – Five activists continues protest against the Rosneft-contracted vessel Akademik Lazarev doing oil exploration in the Russian Arctic. In inflatables activist are alongside the seismic vessel demanding Rosneft to end...

Greenpeace activists confront Shell Chairman Jorma Ollila

Press release | April 24, 2013 at 10:30

Greenpeace activists from Finland and Russia met Shell Chairman of the Board Jorma Ollila at Helsinki University this morning. They asked Mr Ollila to stop oil drilling in the Arctic. Shell, led by Mr Ollila, tried to drill north of Alaska last...

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