Sustainable Palm Oil

News | 1 December 2012

The British Government want to encourage all businesses involved in the UK supply chain to move to 100% sustainable sourcing. This need was recognised by the Prime Minister, who during a visit to Indonesia in April 2012 announced that we would “work with British trade associations and companies to set out a roadmap to achieve 100% use of sustainable palm oil nationwide”.

DEFRA publish a UK statement on the sustainable production of palm oil. Contributions from industry and interested parties were considered during a consultation phase.

The British Government want to encourage all businesses involved in the UK supply chain to move to 100% sustainable sourcing. This need was recognised by the Prime Minister, who during a visit to Indonesia in April 2012 announced that we would “work with British trade associations and companies to set out a roadmap to achieve 100% use of sustainable palm oil nationwide”.

Palm oil is the world’s most used vegetable oil, and global consumption is rising. It is a cheap and efficient commodity with many different uses. The oil palm tree is the most efficient producer of oil per hectare of cultivated land.

Palm oil is pressed from the flesh of the fruits of the oil palm tree. Palm kernel oil is produced from the kernel (or stone) of the fruit. Palm oil and palm kernel oil can be further processed to produce a range of fractions and derivatives.

Palm oil and palm kernel oil are used in the food industry as frying fats and as ingredients in a wide range of foods such as biscuits, margarine, snacks and bakery products. They are also used in the production of biodiesel, in animal feed, and soaps and other cleaning products and cosmetics.

Derivatives and fractions of palm oil and palm kernel oil have very widespread uses. They are used in food manufacture (for example in preservatives, antioxidants, sweeteners and thickeners), in personal and health care products (for example shampoo and conditioner, hair sprays and cosmetics) and in industrial products (for example lubricants, adhesives, insect repellents, paints and inks).