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Norway becomes first country to ban all palm oil based biofuel to protect rainforest

Palm oil-based biofuels will no longer be permitted in Norway, the nation’s parliament has announced. The move, which aims to thwart the destruction of Indonesian rainforests razed for palm oil plantations, makes Norway the first country to enforce such a ruling. Norway’s biofuel industry will have until 2020 to phase out the oil. “The Norwegian parliament’s decision sets an important example to other countries and demonstrates the need for a serious reform of the world’s palm oil industry,” Nils Hermann Ranum of Rainforest Foundation Norway said in a statement. Norway’s decision to remove palm oil from its biofuel industry came after years of discussion and a vote last year to stop the government from purchasing palm-based biofuel (the government moved instead to a voluntary removal system).

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