European Sustainable Palm Oil (ESPO)
To drive the uptake of more sustainable palm oil in Europe, IDH and MVO (the Dutch Oils and Fats Industry) established the European Sustainable Palm Oil, or ESPO, project in 2015. The project was initiated to stimulate the uptake of more sustainable palm oil in Europe, and its objective is to achieve ‘100% sustainable palm oil in Europe by 2020’. ESPO works in close collaboration with various National Palm Oil Initiatives on sustainable palm oil, the RSPO and umbrella EU associations, such as Caobisco (confectionary), Fediol (refineries) and Imace (margarines).
Within the ESPO project, sustainable palm oil is being defined as a stepping stone approach, working towards RSPO certified (or equivalent) at minimum. ESPO aims to build upon existing declarations and commitments on sustainable palm oil in Europe. Furthermore, the ESPO project acknowledges the work done by initiatives like ISPO and MSPO that work towards a more sustainable palm oil supply chain.
In the coming years, ESPO will:
At the Multi Stakeholder Conference of the Amsterdam Group last week, policy-makers, international companies and civil society came together to address the link between the loss of natural forests and European consumption. The international conference focused on approaches for sustainable and deforestation-free supply chains, through discussing examples from palm oil, soy and cocoa initiatives. Several of IDH partners presented our joint work in these sectors.
A group of food companies in Spain has signed the Commitment to Support: 100% Sustainable Palm Oil in Europe by 2020.
Italy is the latest country to sign the Amsterdam Declaration that pledges countries to promote the use of 100% sustainable palm oil by 2020.
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