UK Roundtable presents Annual Progress Report on sustainable palm oil

Posted on: December 14, 2017

The UK roundtable is an industry alliance that aims to promote the uptake of sustainable palm oil in the UK. The roundtable is in existence since 2012 and joined the European 'Commitment to Support' earlier this year. This report measures the progress of the Roundtable towards this commitment and will be published annually until 2020.

The report 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 Book & Claim and derivatives and finished goods), or 78% of total palm oil imports to the UK. This represents a 1% increase from 2015. 

In 2016, UK companies purchased 84,949 mt of Book & Claim certificates, compared to 131,261 mt of palm oil supported by purchases by UK companies in 2015. Book & Claim volumes decreased from last year, at a much greater rate than in the previous year (by 35% from 2015 to 2016, vs. by 24% from 2014 to 2015 or 7% from 2013 to 2014). If Book & Claim were included in the total certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) figure based on UK refinery figures, it would represent production of certified oil equivalent to 20% of UK import. Combined the 2016 figures add up to a total percentage 98% CSPO sourcing in the UK.

For more information and the full report click here.