MANCHESTER: The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) opines that any discouraging developments regarding palm oil could be resolved through a clear perspective and progressive and proportional explanation on the commodity value chain by both major palm oil buyers and major producers.
Its head of operations (Europe) Dr Inke van der Sluijs said there should be further communication and engagement between producing and consuming nations to find long-term solutions that contribute to sustainable palm oil supply chains, which should be inclusive of oil palm smallholders, government, and civil society.
“It is not just for palm oil but for the supply chains of other commodities as well, ” she said.
On the hoo-ha about oil palm plantations coming with a major carbon footprint, she stressed that phasing out palm oil in biofuels would mean having to replace the fuel feedstock.
“It is important to consider the net consequence of replacing this ingredient and a move to an alternative oil, for example, will require more land and water, thus failing to reduce the carbon footprint, ” she told Bernama.
The European Parliament has agreed to phase out the use of palm oil in transport fuels effectively starting in 2024 and completely phase out imports of palm oil for transport fuels by 2030.
Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand are major sources of EU palm oil imports. In 2017, close to three quarters of EU imports of palm oil came from them. — Bernama
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