EPOA supported UK food industry summit on sustainable palm oil organised by Chester Zoo

Posted on: June 14, 2018

13 June 2018, the European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA) joined a very inspirational summit created by Chester Zoo and EFECA, and supported by the WWF-UK, The Orangutan Land Trust, The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

It was the first major gathering ever held at the Houses of Parliament in London to unite wide ranging experts on sustainable palm oil - from across the food industry, the conservation community and British politics, discussing the benefits that sustainable production can bring to rainforests and wildlife.

At the meeting Thijs Pasmans, sustainability expert at EPOA explained EPOAs aim to bring more facts in the debate. He shared insights into sustainable palm oil production by telling a personal story from the field.

Cat Barton, Field Programmes Manager at Chester Zoo, said: “Bringing together key players from across the food industry and conservation community is vital if we are to work together to be part of the solution.”

The Westminster event was supported by EPOA, AAK and New Britain Oils. It was a great networking opportunity and inspirational meeting for the collaborative move towards 100% sustainable palm oil.

Chester Zoo (www.chesterzoo.org) is the most visited zoo in the UK and a very active advocate for sustainable palm oil. Through its wildlife conservation campaign, Act for Wildlife, the zoo is helping to save highly threatened species around the world from extinction. Find out more at www.actforwildlife.org.uk.

Chester Zoo and City of Chester MP Chris Matheson are pioneering a campaign to make Chester the UK’s first Sustainable Palm Oil City.