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Analysis of the sustainability of commodity trade and financing by Trase’s team of experts and partners around the world.

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Palm plantation
27 Mar 2024

US FOREST Act: Lack of progress leaves forests at risk

US imports of commodities such as palm oil and cattle products could be driving large amounts of tropical deforestation, Trase analysis shows. Swift progress on proposed due diligence legislation could help – but there are still blind spots.

Hamburg port
20 Mar 2024

How to ensure due diligence policies actually tackle deforestation

Human rights and environmental due diligence can clean-up specific commodity supply chains, but to ensure that products linked to deforestation are not redirected elsewhere, governments need to build synergies with other policies for sustainable land use.

cattle grazing
4 Mar 2024

How Brazil and China can use data for a more sustainable cattle sector

Pasture for grazing cattle is impacting natural ecosystems, with Brazil's 2020 beef exports linked to 340 million tonnes of emissions through deforestation. China is the largest importer of Brazilian beef and is therefore also the largest importing market exposed to cattle deforestation and conversion from Brazil. Here's how leveraging data and using monitoring solutions can help countries like Brazil and China to build a more sustainable cattle supply chain.

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.

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Palm plantation

27 Mar 2024

US FOREST Act: Lack of progress leaves forests at risk

US imports of commodities such as palm oil and cattle products could be driving large amounts of tropical deforestation, Trase analysis shows. Swift progress on proposed due diligence legislation could help – but there are still blind spots.

Hamburg port

20 Mar 2024

How to ensure due diligence policies actually tackle deforestation

Human rights and environmental due diligence can clean-up specific commodity supply chains, but to ensure that products linked to deforestation are not redirected elsewhere, governments need to build synergies with other policies for sustainable land use.

cattle grazing

4 Mar 2024

How Brazil and China can use data for a more sustainable cattle sector

Pasture for grazing cattle is impacting natural ecosystems, with Brazil's 2020 beef exports linked to 340 million tonnes of emissions through deforestation. China is the largest importer of Brazilian beef and is therefore also the largest importing market exposed to cattle deforestation and conversion from Brazil. Here's how leveraging data and using monitoring solutions can help countries like Brazil and China to build a more sustainable cattle supply chain.

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.

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