Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP): in nearly all sectors in Germany the share of sustainable palm oil has been growing steadily since 2013

Posted on: October 18, 2018

In Germany food industry remains the leader with a 85 percent share, but more efforts are required to reach the 100 percent target.

Sustainable palm oil products are increasingly the subject of entrepreneurial action and thinking in Germany. This is shown in a recent study by the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP), which analyses the consumption of palm oil and palm kernel oil in Germany in 2017. The study shows that in nearly all sectors the share of sustainable palm oil / palm kernel oil has been growing steadily since 2013. At the same time, further efforts need to be made to increase the share of sustainable palm oil in each sector of the economy.

With their commitment to 100 percent sustainable palm oil, FONAP members are pioneers in Germany, significantly raising the average. "More companies should follow our example to achieve the Amsterdam goal of 100 percent certified palm oil for Germany," says FONAP chair Annette Piperidis.

The study of the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil identifies the food sector as one of the leading voluntary industries in the use of certified sustainable palm oil with an 85 percent share. The segments margarine and spreads exclusively use 100 percent certified palm oil and are thereby pioneers for a sustainable development in the palm oil sector. Annette Piperidis: "The segments margarine and spreads are exemplary for all companies and sectors in Germany and at the same time make it clear that change is possible and the 100 percent mark can be reached. The FONAP congratulates the companies in the food industry for almost reaching 100 percent. This should be a role model for other industries."

Despite this increase and positive developments in some sectors - such as the food sector - the current trend will not be enough to reach the goal of the 2015 Amsterdam Declarations. In the Amsterdam Declaration on Palm Oil, the signatory states (Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, Denmark, Norway, France and Italy) support European palm oil initiatives in their commitment to use only sustainably certified palm oil in Europe by 2020. European palm oil initiatives - including FONAP - signed the "Commitment to Support 100% Sustainable Palm Oil In Europe" in 2015.

The FONAP study highlights those five economic sectors in Germany that have the highest palm oil requirements. These include food, animal feed, chemicals / pharmacy, energy, detergents, care and cleaning agents, including cosmetics. In total, in 2017, just over one million tonnes of palm oil were processed in Germany. 76 percent comes from sustainable cultivation.

More information (in German) can be found here.