Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

Smallholders' big impact

Smallholders contribute 35% of Indonesia’s palm oil output. However, there is little incentive for them to farm sustainably, and the industry will not change until they do. In this second of our two-parter on the issues surrounding palm oil production (the first, ‘The palm oil complex’, was published in Issue 879, April 29), we look at the barriers they face and what is being done to help them. 

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Olam announces third palm plantation to achieve RSPO certification

SINGAPORE (May 2): Olam International says its Mouila Lot 3 palm plantation in Gabon has become Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified.

The 38,363 hectare (ha) palm plantation is managed by Olam Palm Gabon, a joint venture between Olam and the Republic of Gabon, and has a total planted area of 18.272 ha, out of which 18,765 ha of high conservation value (HCV) is being conserved.

The remaining area comprises infrastructure comprises facilities, roads and housing.

The palm oil complex

Consumers and investors in Europe want the palm oil industry to be sustainable. It comes with a cost that is likely to be paid by the oil’s biggest market — Asia. In this first of a two-parter on the industry, we look at the complexities of certification.

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The pushback against palm oil

SINGAPORE (Dec 7): The pushback against palm oil is escalating given the industry has been accused of everything from widespread deforestation and transboundary pollution to displacement of wildlife and even human rights abuses.

Next year, the EU will finalise a method to determine which biofuels are high-risk in terms of climate change. The EU may then stop using those high-risk crops in biofuel by 2030. While palm oil is not specifically named, fears are that the crop will be targeted.

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