Schultz Environment Blog

Environment in a broad sense,transports and energy issues. From my local point of view with a global touch!

Monday, May 28, 2007

A new Committee
Last week, the European Parliament appointed a temporary committee for the climate change issue. Isn’t it quite funny, appointing a temporary committee for such an issue? The committee shall amongst other things draw up a proposal for the European Union climate politics and coordinate the views in the international negotiations about the climate politic after 2012. The committee consists of 60 delegates, not that small and handy committee perhaps, but with representation from different groups and parties.
The commissioner for environment, Stavros Dimas, believes that the committee has an important mission and will have an important role against the countries outside of the European Union.
I hope this committee really will give a sufficient input in the efforts against the climate changes through its work, and not only enlarge the emissions of greenhouse gases by the transports they have to do to get to the meetings!


At 9:55 AM, Blogger Jay said...

Hi there, was bumming around checking out blogs as it was recently introduced to me.

Wonder if I can dialog with you on some environmental issues in a friendly and professional manner.

I am involve in the bio diesel industry using palm oil as primary feed material for the plant. I am coming to understand that there is a huge out cry for the palm industry in Europe. Do you have a view on this?


At 1:12 PM, Blogger Mikael Schultz said...

One must consider the fact that huge plantations of palms compete other forms of vegetations or crops. They form monocultures. The huge demand can cause these effects hich is not good for the envirionment. But, of course one can use the palm oil to some extent.

At 10:22 PM, Blogger Jay said...

I fully agree with you on this point, as plantation sizes are very large, it is inevitable that the environment will be disturbed.
Somehow there is a demand that drives the continuous expansion of plantation, surely it has to do with monetary profits. Perhaps looking from a macro view, this commodity price is driven by the edible industry, fuel industry as well as other industrial product's sector.
If I were to stand in the shoes of plantation owners (which I am not one), I am simply acting to fulfill the needs of people, namely the demand for palm oil.
Is there a way that palm plantation owners can fulfill this need less the environmental destruction.


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