Director leads discussion at RSPO Roundtable Conference

p1010697Efeca’s Director Emily Fripp was invited to lead the ACOP World Café Session at the RSPO Roundtable Conference in Bangkok.

Emily led a lively discussion on the use of RSPO ACOP data as a tool for Engagement, using Efeca’s experience of producing the UK Government’s Annual Consumption Report as an example.

UK Palm Oil and the Annual Consumption Report

For the past 4 years, Efeca, as the delivery partner for the Central Point of Expertise for Timber (CPET), has produced the Annual Consumption Report (ACR) for sustainable palm oil. The report measures the use of palm oil against the government commitment to use 100% sustainable palm oil by 2015.

To produce the report, Efeca collects data on imports and sales of CSPO by UK refiners and purchases of GreenPalm certificates. This information is supported by RSPO ACOP data for UK Retailers, but doesn’t include derivatives or imported finished goods as these are still difficult to track.

In 2014, the ACR found that the volume of sustainable palm oil continued to increase, with estimates ranging from 72% (using Oil World baseline data) to 93% (using FEDIOL data). The overall consumption of CSPO more than doubled between 2009-2014.

There are several challenges associated with producing the ACR, specifically that the estimates of trade data may be inaccurate, as demonstrated by the disparity between the different data sources. There is also a one year delay in reporting, therefore it is only this year’s report which will reveal if the UK government has met the target.

Post 2015- Next Steps

Following from CPET and the ACR, next steps could be to begin mapping and estimating derivative trade flows in the UK and across Europe, as until now they have been difficult to track and monitor. This could also be done for finished goods being imported to the UK and ensuring its sustainability.

There should be an increased effort to work with international partners to increase the number and transparency of CSPO supply chains, as well as working towards developing a European-wide methodology for measuring and monitoring palm oil usage.

For more information or for help monitoring and reporting on your sustainable supply chains, please email info@efeca.com

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