Make way for the smallholder

Make way for the smallholder

22 December 2013

Smallholders are responsible for a large proportion of all palm oil production. These are mostly family businesses that have one to a few hectares of land. In Indonesia, 30-40% of the palm oil is produced by one million smallholders. The certification of smallholders for sustainable palm oil production has specific sustainability issues associated with it.

There are inequalities between smallholders and palm oil factories in the areas of land rights and contractual dependence relationships. (more…)

How Sustainable is Biomass Production, Actually?

How Sustainable is Biomass Production, Actually?

2 September 2013

The EU has the goal of reducing the use of fossil fuels and using more biomass for energy production. To reduce negative impacts of the production of biomass, the EU has established sustainability requirements. In the current requirements, however, there are no criteria set forth for social issues or for water, ground and air quality.

The production of sustainable biomass is a common theme in CREM projects. Last month we finished a project about palm oil production in Indonesia and one about the cultivation of soy and sugar cane in Brazil.

Social, water, ground and air quality issues

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The Power of Nudging

The Power of Nudging

30 August 2013
Governments mostly make use of information campaigns or financial incentives to stimulate sustainable consumption. These traditional instruments do not always work effectively. Campaigns offer information and strong arguments and people assume that these lead to behaviour change by themselves. Recent research shows the possibilities for social norms strategies or ‘nudging’. For the Sustainability Department in the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, CREM did research into the role of the government in stimulating sustainable consumption. This role is difficult to determine because consumer behaviour is dependant on many different factors. (more…)
From good intentions to actual effects

From good intentions to actual effects

16 August 2013

A Dutch steel company provides local communities in the Sahel with simply serviced hand pumps. A horticultural company trains farmers in Africa and Asia. An installation company supports vocational training for girls in Kenya.

These are examples of good projects started by Dutch companies in developing countries. But what barriers to these companies face? How do they find, for example, a reliable social organization to work with? And how do they ensure that they move from good intentions to actual effects? (more…)
Can Small Producers Also Supply Green Energy from Bioproducts?

Can Small Producers Also Supply Green Energy from Bioproducts?

7 February 2013
Resources taken from nature, called green bioproducts, are increasingly being used for energy. These include sugar-based ethanol added to gasoline/petrol, soy oil used as a basis for biodiesel or wood pellets used in power plants.

To keep the green motor running, sustainable production is essential. For biofuels – green natural resources turned into fluid fuels such as diesel – there have even been regulations to guarantee their sustainability enacted at a European level.

Certification for Green Natural Resources

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