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World’s RSPO-Certified Sustainable Palm Oil Intake Up by 13% in 2019


The world market absorbed a total of 7.07 million metric tons of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) in 2019 or up 13 percent compared to the previous year, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) said in its 2019 Impact Report.

“We know there is still a lot of work to be done if we truly are to achieve market transformation. I’m confident that RSPO members throughout the supply chain will work together to increase the uptake of CSPO, deliver positive impacts, and tackle the other challenges and opportunities that may come our way in 2021 and beyond,” RSPO’s incoming Chief Executive Officer, Beverley Postma, said in a RSPO release launching the report.

CSPO production for the same year was also up 13 percent to 15.19 million metric tons while the total output of Certified Sustainable Palm Kernel (CSPK) stood at 3.38 million metric tons or 11 percent up from the previous year, the report that was published on Wednesday (16/9) showed.

The report also said that the total RSPO certified area grew by nine percent to 4.2 million hectares across 17 countries by the end of 2019. Indonesia and Malaysia remained the largest oil palm producing countries, covering a total of 81 percent of RSPO’s total certified area.

The 2019 Impact Report is a special edition entitled Reflecting on a Decade of Growth, which documents RSPO’s achievements and performance over the past 10 years.

“It is inspiring to see just how much has been achieved by RSPO members in the span of a decade, and more recently, to see several initiatives being launched that further solidify RSPO’s position as the leading sustainable palm oil certification standard,” Postma said.

The report highlighted explosive growth in membership numbers in the past decade to more than 4,500 members at the end of December 2019, and an impressive 579 percent increase in RSPO certified area to 4.2 million hectares.

RSPO’s efforts to include more smallholders proved promising with a 39 percent year-on-year increase in the total number of certified smallholders to 157,580, and a 20 percent growth in RSPO Trademark license holders, noting 958 license holders across 60 countries in the last reporting period. 

Thea report also showed that 230,195 hectares of high conservation value (HCV) area were identified and managed by RSPO certified members within their certified concessions.

Members also scaled up their efforts to avoid land clearance and any new planting on peat, and by sequestering conservation areas in new development, thus saving 1.4 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) per year of carbon emissions; equivalent to removing 302,461 passenger vehicles from the road in a year.

The statement also announced that RSPO will this year hold its Annual Roundtable Conference on Sustainable Palm Oil (RT2020) virtually on November 9-11 taking the theme of RT2020: A Resilient and Sustainable Palm Oil Supply Chain.

It said that the theme reflected RSPO members and stakeholders’ resilience and adaptation towards the challenges we face amidst COVID-19 and beyond.

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