How to stop EU imports and consumption from causing deforestation?
On 29 June 2023, the EU Regulation on deforestation-free products (EUDR) entered into force.
It focusses on seven high-risk commodities, wood, soy, palm oil, coffee, cocoa, beef and rubber and the products derived from it like chocolate, leather and paper and will prohibit companies from putting products on the EU market unless they are deforestation-free, degradation-free and legally produced. Non-compliance would lead to significant penalties.
It represents an historic first in the fight against forest destruction. As the EU is the second biggest global importer of products that cause deforestation, the EUDR has the potential to drastically reduce forest loss and carbon emissions caused by the EU. However, the Regulation’s success now depends on effective implementation and enforcement.