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Mapping & Understanding the UK Palm Oil Supply Chain and Analysis of Policy Options - EV0459

Description
Palm Oil and its derivatives have been the focus of much attention over the past few years in terms of the environmental and social impact of palm oil plantations. Much of the criticism of palm oil has focussed on plantations that have been established on peatland (which has potentially serious implications for GHG emissions), and at the expense of high conservation values (particularly valuable forest areas) and land rights. The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was set up in 2004 with the aim of developing a sustainability standard and a certification system to bring certified sustainable palm oil to market, and a number of companies have set targets with respect to sourcing sustainable palm oil. The UK Government is considering approaches to further support this.

One of the challenges UK businesses are facing in terms of actually using sustainable palm oil in products is the complexity and lack of transparency in the supply chain. This project sets out to address this challenge through systematic collection and analysis of data and information about UK palm oil supply chains, and the analysis of different policy options that could be used to encourage the use of sustainable palm oil in the UK.

The project has two reports: The `policy` report below gives a summary of the mapping of the UK palm oil supply chain and analyses different policy options alongside stakeholder opinion. The `mapping` report gives much more detail on the UK palm oil supply chain in terms of its structure, the estimated number of businesses operating at each stage, estimated volumes of palm oil (including future trends) and its derivatives traded at each stage, company commitments to sourcing sustainable palm oil and the implications for the sustainability of palm oil supplied to the UK. This report can be considered a technical annex to the first.
Objective
Objective 1 - Source and bring together data and information from the range of businesses involved in the UK palm oil supply chain.

Objective 2 - Source and bring together data and information from the range of businesses involved in the UK Government palm oil supply chain.

Objective 3 - Identify company commitments have already been made to sustainable production and sourcing, and the implications for the UK palm supply chains.

Objective 4 - Assess the feasibility, and likely costs and benefits, of introducing a national UK target for the reduction/removal of unsustainably produced palm oil.

Objective 5 - Consider actions which could be taken to encourage the move away from unsustainable palm oil, and suggestions for cost effective sustainability improvements.
Project Documents
• Final Report : POLICY REPORT: Mapping and Understanding the UK Palm Oil Supply Chain and Analysis of Policy Options   (907k)
• Final Report - Annex : MAPPING REPORT: Mapping and Understanding the UK Palm Oil Supply Chain and Analysis of Policy Options   (3340k)
• OTH - Other : Industry addendum to the report - SNACMA August 2011   (67k)
• Other : 2 PAGE SUMMARY: Mapping and Understanding the UK Palm Oil Supply Chain and Analysis of Policy Options   (266k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2010

To: 2011

Cost: £56,800
Contractor / Funded Organisations
ProForest Ltd
Keywords
              
Fields of Study
Sustainable Consumption and Production