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UK Roundtable presents Annual Progress Report on sustainable palm oil

78 percent of total palm oil imports to the United Kingdom (UK) in 2016 was Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). This represents a one percent increase from 2015 according to the recently published 2016 Annual Progress Report (APR) from the UK Roundtable on Sourcing Sustainable Palm Oil.

Crude palm oil (CPO) and other palm oil industry byproducts will be used to produce biobased dodecanedioic acid (DDDA) at the VerdePalm plant that has commenced construction in Malaysia (photo courtesy Gustav Melin).

Fresh palm oil fruits (photo courtesy Gustav Melin).

The 2016 Annual Progress Report (APR) on the consumption of CSPO in the UK was written by Emily Fripp & Associates Ltd (Efeca), a UK based consultancy for and on behalf of the UK Roundtable on Sourcing Sustainable Palm Oil (Roundtable), an industry alliance that aims to promote the uptake of sustainable palm oil in the UK.

The report measures the progress of the Roundtable in meeting in the Amsterdam Commitment and will be published annually until 2020. The APR indicates that in 2016 the volume of UK palm oil purchases supported by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification models of Mass Balance, Segregated, and Identity Preserved totals 328 139 tonnes (excluding GreenPalm and derivatives and finished goods), or 78 percent of total palm oil imports to the UK. This represents a 1 percent increase from 2015.

The report includes data on GreenPalm purchases by UK Retailers and Consumer Goods Manufacturers and maps out the potential use of palm oil imported directly through European or international refiners and not captured in this data set. It also looks at three UK sectors in more detail, to understand the challenges of data collection, monitoring, and sustainable sourcing – Oleochemicals, Food Service, and Animal Feed.

Efeca includes recommendations on next steps to close the 22 percent gap, improve monitoring and reporting, and engage sectors that require additional support and technical assistance, incorporating feedback from the annual stakeholder survey and the most recent Roundtable meeting.

About UK SSPO Roundtable

The UK Roundtable on Sourcing Sustainable Palm Oil (Roundtable) is an industry alliance that aims to promote the uptake of sustainable palm oil in the UK. Founded in 2012, members include trade associations for key palm oil using sectors, the four major UK refiners, and NGOs. The Roundtable was originally formed when Defra published the UK statement on sustainable palm oil in 2012, which brought together trade associations for palm oil-using sectors, the UK government and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to agree to work towards 100 percent sourcing of credibly certified sustainable palm oil by 2015.

Following the end of the 2015 commitment period, the Roundtable reformed and agreed to sign the Amsterdam Commitment supporting 100 percent Sustainable Palm Oil in Europe by 2020. With the signing of the ‘Commitment to Support,’ the Roundtable joined various European private sector organisations to ensure a fully sustainable palm oil supply chain in Europe by 2020.

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