A new monitoring report by the European Sustainable Palm Oil (ESPO) project shows that there is a growing volume of sustainable palm oil entering the European market. Some 69% of the palm oil imported for food into European refineries was certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) in 2016, and approximately 60% of the palm oil used for food in Europe was estimated to be CSPO in 2016. The report provides insights on the palm oil import and trade flow in 13 European countries. It highlights the positive development of an increasing number of national commitments to reach 100% sustainable palm oil in 2020. As the second largest global import market for palm oil, Europe is strongly positioned to lead the way in mitigating the negative impact of unsustainable palm oil production.
ESPO works in close collaboration with various national palm oil initiatives on sustainable palm oil and umbrella EU associations. ESPO and all its European partners strive towards the goal of 100% sustainable palm oil in Europe by 2020 and aim to engage all parties who are not yet active to join this effort. This is important, since mainstream sustainable palm oil demand from Europe will help incentivize smallholder palm oil producers in Asia, Africa and Latin America to implement responsible production practices and halt deforestation connected to palm oil.
According to the report the European palm oil supply chain is making good progress towards its 100% commitment, however the figures show that there is still a gap between the imported volume of CSPO and the actual uptake for CSPO by the food industry. The next step is to increase the uptake of imported CSPO into Europe. All stakeholders in the supply chain need to work together and commit to increase the use of sustainable palm oil. The positive trend of increased use of sustainable palm oil in Europe goes hand in hand with increased production of sustainable palm oil in producing countries over the last years. In 2017, 2,83 million hectares were certified as Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), 1,9 million hectares as Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) and 260.000 hectares as Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO).
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