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Time to step up the UK’s commitment to greening international supply chains

An independent taskforce of industry leaders calls on Government to increase ambition on greening the UK’s supply chains London, UK (30 September, 2019) – The recent New York Declaration on Forests Report published for the UN Climate Action Summit shows that deforestation has accelerated over the last 5 years despite sustainability pledges that have been […]

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Secretariat Efeca co-launches Global Resource Initiative (GRI)

Efeca is delighted to announce the official launch of the Global Resource Initiative (GRI) with the first GRI Taskforce meeting taking place on 18th July 2019 at RSA House in London. The GRI has been established as part of the 25 Year Environment Plan, which sets out the Government’s commitment to leave “a lighter footprint […]

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UK Roundtable supports eight UK retailers to make commitments to sustainable soya

With the support of the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soya, eight of the largest UK supermarkets –Tesco, Asda, Lidl UK, Co-Op, Waitrose, Marks and Spencer, Aldi UK and Sainsbury’s have taken a major step forward in greening their supply chains, by publishing their action plans to deliver sustainable soya to the UK market. These retailers […]

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Food service and palm oil – Efeca helps TUCO understand supply chain

Efeca has recently been commissioned by The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) to create a short report detailing the credentials of TUCO’s palm oil suppliers, with the aim of supporting TUCO in developing RSPO group accreditation. The report highlights that during the initial assessment of 120 suppliers, few had a publicly available statement and/or policy on […]

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Gender mainstreaming in climate and environment research projects for SIDA

Efeca recently supported IPE Tripleline in assessing the visibility of gender across the Sustainability and Resilience research portfolio for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). In Stockholm, Efeca presented a half-day “Why Gender Matters” workshop and provided 1-2-1 support to several research teams to assess how gender was integrated on all stages and at […]

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Chester is world’s first sustainable palm oil city

Efeca is delighted to have supported Chester, who have just been officially confirmed the world’s first Sustainable Palm Oil City.  The initiative was led by Chester Zoo and was featured on the BBC programme Inside Out North West in March 2019. The BBC programme explored the issues surrounding sustainable palm oil and what action the […]

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Efeca is accepted as signatory to UN Global Compact

Influenced by our company ethics and values, we are delighted to announce that Efeca has been approved to be a signatory to the UN Global Compact.  This commits us to making the UN Global Compact and its Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption part of the strategy, culture and day-to-day operations of […]

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Efeca’s work in bioenergy

Our team With Matt (ex BEIS Bioenergy policy maker) recently joining our team, and Duncan Brack as an associate (ex-Ministerial Special Advisor at DECC), we have an experienced team able to provide insight and consultancy advice on sustainable bioenergy sourcing of agricultural, forest and waste feedstocks.  To complement our team we work with an extensive […]

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How does a weblink about log cabins = a Pizza day for a group of kids??

Just by reading this page, you are making a group of really cool kids very happy!  So, how does a link to a page all about log cabins have anything to do with pizzas?  Well…   Efeca was contacted by Rachel Martin, a volunteer at a youth centre with a very special group of children.  […]

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A free webinar on alternatives to palm oil and support to a certified sustainable palm oil approach

Encouraging certified sustainable palm oil Efeca would like to reiterate our support for certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO), in light of recent attention in the press on Iceland’s decision to remove palm oil from own-brand products.  As RSPO outlines in their response here, we believe that banning palm oil only displaces deforestation and exacerbates consumers’ […]

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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 […]

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UK Roundtable presents baseline report on sustainable soya

UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soya: Baseline report (October, 2018) The Baseline Report on the consumption of soya in the UK was written by Efeca for and on behalf of the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soya (Roundtable), an industry led group which aims to accelerate progress towards a secure, resilient supply of sustainable soya to the […]

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The Efeca team is growing!

We were delighted to welcome four new members of the Efeca team at the beginning of September: Matthew Ford, Emily Kellett, Francesca Marietti and Jake Willis. Matthew Ford is a Senior Consultant, with a focus on biofuels, biomass and carbon finance/ accounting.  He was Head of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Directive Strategy for the […]

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The UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soya

Background In the summer of 2017 major UK companies and industry associations, from commodity traders to retailers asked for government support in convening the soya industry to address growing concerns about the link between soya and tropical deforestation and conversion of native vegetation. Considerable efforts have been made to halt deforestation, through global-leading environmental legislation such […]

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Efeca helps launch world’s first sustainable palm oil city event at Westminster

Chester Zoo, MPs, leaders from the UK food industry, NGOs and key players in the sustainable palm oil industry will gather in Westminster on June 13th to launch a campaign to inspire wider use of sustainable palm oil and tackle the deforestation from unsustainable palm oil production. As event partner, Efeca is supporting Chester Zoo […]

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Palm oil in the foodservice sector

Briefing note Foodservice March 2018 As part of our palm oil programme of support to the UK foodservice industry with the UK Government’s Partnerships for Forests programme, Efeca has written a briefing note exploring the use of palm oil and certified sustainable palm oil in the foodservice industry. It describes the market structure and some […]

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Launch: UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soya

The UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soya was launched on March 19th at The Royal Society in London, attended by more than 35 national and international food businesses and associations involved in the consumption of soya in the UK. Major UK retailers and food industry associations have asked for government support in convening key industry stakeholders […]

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Efeca becomes a Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020) Partner

Efeca has joined the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020) Partnership, working to catalyse transformative change at the landscape level in key regions of South East Asia, South America and West & Central Africa. The Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020) is a global public-private partnership in which partners take voluntary actions, individually and in […]

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Discussing the EU Strategy on Plastic Waste

The EU Strategy on Plastic Waste In January 2018 the EU launched its campaign to transform the way plastic products are designed, used, produced and recycled in the EU. It aims to boost the market for recycled plastics by stimulating the improved design of plastic products, higher plastic waste recycling rates, and more, better quality […]

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