Policy

Sustaining and enhancing trees, forests and woodland

Supporting detail:

Using sustainably produced palm oil

Palm oil is the world’s most used vegetable oil, and global consumption is increasing. It is used in food, animal feed, soap and cosmetics, and to produce biodiesel. It can be produced at higher volumes per unit area of land than other vegetable oils. However, palm oil production is often linked to deforestation and peatland drainage, mainly in Indonesia and Malaysia. This has major impacts on biodiversity, climate change and also land rights for local people.

UK statement on palm oil

UK palm oil using organizations have agreed to work towards 100% sourcing of sustainable palm oil by 2015 from the estimated 24% level in 2009. In October 2012, trade associations for palm oil using sectors agreed a UK statement on sustainable palm oil. This:

  • publicises the significant progress being made by UK business sectors, government and World Wildlife Fund on sustainable sourcing
  • sets out their plans for further action

The aim is to send a positive message to palm oil producing nations, encouraging them to continue to move towards sustainable production, and to send a similar message to palm oil consumer nations, encouraging them to move rapidly to sustainable sourcing.

We’ve putting in place an advice service to help UK businesses and government procurers understand how and why to source sustainable palm oil.

Further information

The Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET)

CPET helpline: 01305 236 100, or email cpet@efeca.com

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

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