Given these worries, several environmental groups condemned the European Commission's biofuel ruling, which came after a series of meetings with the palm oil industry.
"A decision by the EU to allow RSPO-certified palm oil to qualify as a renewable fuel could be disastrous for the world's climate," Lindsey Allen, the Rainforest Action Network's Program Director, told mongabay.com. "The whole purpose of the renewable fuels directive is to reduce climate impacts but one of the major failures of the RSPO thus far is its continued certification of palm oil grown on carbon rich peat forests, which produces globally significant greenhouse gas emissions."
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