UK Roundtable presents Annual Progress Report on sustainable palm oil

UK Roundtable Annual Progress Report on sustainable palm oil

The 2016 Annual Progress Report (APR) on the consumption of CSPO in the UK was written by Efeca 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.

This 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 RSPO certification models of Mass Balance, Segregated, and Identity Preserved totals 328,139 mt (excluding GreenPalm and derivatives and finished goods), or 78% of total palm oil imports to the UK. This represents a 1% increase from 2015.

What the report covers

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% 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.