BRUSSELS—Proposals are in place to extend legislation on deforestation associated with products on the European Union market to more commodities. But when it comes to natural rubber, application of such legislation would be impractical, according to the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association.
Instead of the EU's traceability "to the plot of land" approach, ETRMA said it wants "inclusive and actionable" legislative measures against deforestation, which also support responsible and sustainable sourcing of NR.
According to ETRMA Secretary General Fazilet Cinaralp, EU lawmakers should develop "a mandatory risk-based due diligence model based on 'jurisdictional traceability' coupled with mitigation programs."
This, she said, would effectively "accelerate and scale up initiatives for sustainable commodity production" involving individual suppliers/smallholders, while limiting unintended consequences on the latter.
In a position summary, ETRMA advised that the possible extension of the EU regulation should ensure that the traceability requirements are "as inclusive and as actionable as possible."