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In August, the UK government's Renewable Fuels Agency confirmed that after an audit of the scheme, suppliers of biofuel made from palm oil can report purchases of GreenPalm certificates as evidence of meeting renewable fuel transport obligations. Sainsbury says the Columbian plantation that supplied it "meets a high standard for sustainable palm oil production which has been endorsed by WWF (World Wildlife Fund)" - a similar strategy to that adopted by The Body Shop.
Briefs inform November 2008, Vol. 19 (11) 729 Briefs In October, Indonesia cut the ex- port tax on palm oil to 7.5%, down from 10% in September, 15% in Au- News & Noteworthy gust, and 20% in July, according to the Xinhua news agency. The coun- try is forecast to export 13.95 mil- lion metric tons (MMT) of crude palm oil in 2008 out of a total an- nual production of 18.4 MMT, the Xinhua report noted. Indonesia, which has over 6 million hectares of palm oil plantations, plans to ex- pand to 8 million hectares by 2010, Xinhua said. nnn The European Food Safety Author- ity (EFSA) is creating a new com- mittee to review the safety of ac- tive substances used in pesticides. Meeting in Paris, EFSA’s Advi- sory Forum—which brings togeth- er representatives of national food safety authorities from across the European Union—approved a pro- posal to create a Pesticide Steering Committee as of October 2008. The committee, which will be fully operational in January 2009, will be certified sustainable pects to produce about 185,000 MT of RSPO-certified palm oil annually. made up of experts responsible for the pesticide risk assessment pro- palm oil hits the It now hopes to sign contracts to sup- ply fully segregated palm oil to Unilever, cess at the national level as well as representatives of EFSA and the market Danisco, and Swedish vegetable fat pro- ducer AAK Group. This level of traceabil- European Commission (EC). ity will allow the firms to market products This article is reprinted with permission as containing 100% certified oil under the nnn from the September 2008 issue (404) of RSPO criteria and principles. The EC formally enacted Commis- the ENDS Report, the UK journal for envi- United Plantations is also selling a sion Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 ronmental policy and business, at www.end- smaller slice of the oil with RSPO certifi- on September 5, 2008. The regula- sreport com. cates. This “book and claim” approach is tion lays out detailed rules for the based on creating a world trading market implementation of Council Regula- for RSPO certificates. Producers sell palm tion (EC) No 834/2007 on organic The first trade of palm oil certified under oil as a commodity in the usual way, but production and labeling of organic the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil’s for each metric ton of certified palm oil products. The complete regulation sustainability criteria took place in early they can sell a certificate. Firms buying may be found at http://eur-lex.eu- September. Now eyes are on UK retailers certificates can claim to support the pro- ropa.eu. to beef up earlier commitments on palm duction of sustainable palm oil. nnn oil sourcing. The scheme is executed by Green- Cargill has opened a sales office in In August, United Plantations became Palm, chosen as the official broker by Haubourdin, France, for its BiOH ® the world’s first palm oil producer to be RSPO. In August, the UK government’s line of soy-based polyols used in certified against the Roundtable on Sus- Renewable Fuels Agency confirmed that manufacturing flexible foam for the tainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) criteria. The after an audit of the scheme, suppliers of furniture, bedding, and automotive first batch of crude palm oil “RSPO certif- biofuel made from palm oil can report pur- industries. The opening of the Eu- icates” was sold to Danish food manufac- chases of GreenPalm certificates as evi- ropean sales office will be followed turer Danisco at $50 per metric ton (MT) dence of meeting renewable fuel transport later this year by the opening of a one week later. obligations. $22 million plant in Chicago (USA),
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