EU Green Coffee Group Urges Delay on New Anti-Deforestation Law

EU Green Coffee Group Urges Delay on New Anti-Deforestation Law

A consortium of large European coffee companies, represented by the nonprofit International Coffee Partners (ICP), is urging EU lawmakers to delay the implementation of the new anti-deforestation law, EUDR, set to take effect on December 30. The ICP argues that the law, which aims to reduce deforestation by enforcing rigorous supply chain checks and due diligence, could inadvertently harm smallholder coffee farmers who may lack the resources to comply. The ICP calls for a transition phase, allowing these farmers time to adjust to the new regulations. The group’s membership includes major coffee roasting companies like Lavazza and Tchibo. Their concerns echo those of the European Coffee Federation and other industry stakeholders, who fear that strict immediate enforcement could disrupt supply chains and promote poverty. Environmental groups, however, insist on immediate action to mitigate the severe impacts of deforestation on ecosystems and the planet. The debate highlights the complex balance between environmental responsibility and economic sustainability.

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