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Cocoa farmer drying cocoa beans, Ghana

12 Dec 2023

Cocoa traders fall short on supplier disclosure in Ghana

Companies exporting cocoa from Ghana are failing to publicly demonstrate that their supplies are not grown on deforested land, according to research by Trase, raising questions over their sustainability commitments and their preparedness to comply with the EU deforestation regulation.

DECEMBER 4: Panelists onstage at The Sustainable Trade Summit​ during the UN Climate Change Conference COP28 at Expo City Dubai on December 4, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by COP28 / Christopher Pike)

5 Dec 2023

Commodity-driven deforestation and peatland loss emits more carbon than Germany

As all eyes turn to the climate talks at COP28, Trase quantifies the greenhouse gas emissions caused by deforestation and peatland degradation linked to countries’ production and consumption of beef, soy, palm oil and other commodities.

Wood chip factory on Mahakam riverbank with conveyor and stockpile, Indonesia

Deforestation surge ends a decade of progress for Indonesia’s pulp sector

Deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions rise as Indonesian pulp producers expand operations to meet growing demand from China.

A HERD OF NELORE CATTLE ON PASTURE IN BRAZIL (BRASTOCK/SHUTTERSTOCK)

Brazilian beef exports and deforestation

The rate of deforestation and land conversion driven by the expansion of pasture for beef production in Brazil increased by 60% between 2016 and 2020, while the Amazon and Cerrado continue to be cleared despite zero-deforestation commitments made by beef producers.

Flags of nations outside United Nations office in Geneva. Photo by Xabi Oregi

15 Nov 2023

To deliver on sustainable consumption targets, countries must measure their footprints

Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity have agreed to ensure sustainable consumption. Trase, in partnership with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Defra, the GCRF Trade Hub and SEI York, is releasing an enhanced Global Environment Impacts of Consumption (GEIC) indicator to address the need for a comprehensive, trade-informed measure of progress.

Brown flax seeds image

30 Oct 2023

Trase links Belgium’s commodity imports to water scarcity

Unsustainable demands for water threaten global food security and have serious environmental impacts. A new report from Trase explores how Belgium’s imports of agricultural commodities are connected to water scarcity around the world.

Worker harvesting coffee beans, Colombia

12 Oct 2023

A double espresso with no deforestation, please

The EUDR will have significant implications for the coffee sector. Appropriate guidance and nuanced risk classifications from the EU Commission can support effective implementation.

Aerial image, number of machines in arrow motion, front of tractors that prepare the land to sow in the field.

2 Oct 2023

Doubts over legal compliance put Brazil’s soy exports to the EU at risk

Traders will struggle to prove that soy from Brazil complies with its environmental laws due to gaps in official data, potentially reducing sales to the EU, according to a report by Trase and Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV).

Men work at a soy field in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Soy expansion drives deforestation in Bolivia

The rate of deforestation and land conversion driven by soy production in Bolivia is seven times higher than Brazil. Limited exports of soy from Bolivia beyond the Andes region means there is little exposure for the EU or other consumer markets outside South America.

View of natural stone pillars in the Chiquitania region, Bolivia

The hidden crisis of deforestation in Bolivia

Forests and other natural ecosystems in Bolivia are being devastated by expanding soy plantations. But with a government focused on economic development and little pressure from consumers demanding deforestation-free products, the prospects for action seem remote.

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