2017 Annual Progress Report on Sourcing Sustainable Palm Oil in the UK
Since 2009, the UK has increased purchases of certified sustainable palm oil by almost six-fold
In October 2018, Efeca shared the results of the UK Roundtable on Sourcing Sustainable Palm Oil Annual Progress Report with the UK roundtable. We are delighted to now share our report with everyone. The report shows a general plateauing of CSPO consumption in the UK over the past 3 years. In 2016 UK purchases of palm oil supported by Mass Balance, Segregated, and Identity Preserved RSPO certification (not including RSPO credits) decreased by 0.15% since 2016 (when total purchases represented 328,139 mt). The rate of change has essentially plateaued in the last 2 years (in 2014 to 2015 total purchases increased by 12%, and from 2015 to 2016 by 1%). However overall, 2017 UK purchases of palm oil supported by Mass Balance, Segregated, and Identity Preserved RSPO certification (not including GreenPalm) have increased almost six-fold since 2009 (when total purchases represented 55,000 mt).
75% of total palm oil imports to the UK in 2017 is certified sustainable
According to FEDIOL figures, the volume accounted for by imports of Identity Preserved, Segregated and Mass Balance CSPO totals 327,653 mt (excluding PalmTrace and derivatives and finished goods), or 75% of total palm oil imports to the UK in 2017. RSPO credit purchases reduced by 51% from last year, likely due to January 2017 changes in the Book & Claim system, and the greater trend to move towards physical CSPO sourcing.
While this headline figure demonstrates a significant improvement on the 2009 baseline, it also demonstrates that work remains to be done on reaching 100% sourcing. The remaining 25% of conventional palm oil indicates that some sectors are not sourcing enough CSPO or possibly not reporting on what they are buying.
In terms of the broader context, it is interesting to note that UK refiners use 0.62% of total global PO and PKO production of 75 million tonnes, and 5.5% of total EU usage. While this represents a small amount of total consumption, it remains important that the UK maintain its leadership role in CSPO sourcing, driving
change among European consumers, as well as sharing knowledge with wider partners in grower countries.