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International Update Volume 48, Issue 19

POLAND'S PARLIAMENT APPROVES CHANGES TO GREEN ENERGY LAW

Poland

On June 29, Poland's upper house of parliament approved an amendment to the renewable sources of energy law in hopes of removing obstacles to green energy investment and helping Warsaw meet EU renewable energy targets. The amendment removes tax disincentives and kicks off auctions under a new subsidy system in which renewable producers will be assured a stable price for their energy in any given period. According to the Polish Wind Energy Association, Poland achieved 13.9 percent of electricity consumption through renewables in 2017, which was short of their target of 14.7 percent.

PEPSICO LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO ILLEGAL DEFORESTATION

Indonesia

PepsiCo has launched an investigation into reports of deforestation carried out by one of its supplier's oil palm plantations. The investigation is in response to a complaint by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) alleging that PepsiCo has failed to investigate deforestation allegations that were first reported four years ago. RAN conducted a field investigation and found that in the first five months of this year alone, 290 acres of forest had been destroyed in a concession owned by palm oil firm PT Surya Panen Subur II, which is included in PepsiCo's 2017 list of palm oil mills.

MUMBAI CRIMINALIZES USE OF PLASTIC BAGS

India

In Mumbai, municipal authorities have criminalized the use of plastic bags with fines of up to $US 366 and jail sentences for repeat offenders. India has a low consumption of plastic compared with Western countries, but the ban has potential to reduce the 26,000 tons of plastic waste that is produced daily in the country. Authorities have already collected $US 5000 in fines from 87 shops since the ban was enforced. The city's residents and businesses were given a three-month period beginning in March to phase out their use of plastic bags and find sustainable alternatives instead.