Europe is a core consumer goods manufacturing and retail market for certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO). USDA data for the EU-27 countries shows imports of 6.7 million metric tonnes and consumption of 6.5 million metric tonnes in 2015, making it the second largest market for imports after India, and the fourth largest for domestic consumption after India, Indonesia, and China.

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Under a new EU law which came into effect on 13 December 2014, the types of vegetable oil used in food products must be stated explicitly on the label. This means that manufacturers can no longer hide palm oil in their ingredients under the generic term ‘vegetable oil’.

Many European manufacturers and retailers have made time-bound commitments to source 100% CSPO. Europe has a target to use 100% CSPO by 2020.  The RSPO organises annual European Roundtable (EURT) conferences to bring together key players in Europe and from across the globe to stimulate market transformation and increase the uptake of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO), supporting the goal of 100% CSPO in Europe by 2020.

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Current CSPO commitments in Europe

A significant amount of palm oil used in Europe can be attributed to biodiesel production, and large increases in its use for biofuels have been reported. Recent figures suggest up to 45% of palm oil used in Europe in 2014 contributed to biodiesel production, an 8% rise since 2010. The EU currently has a target to obtain 10% of its fuel for transport from renewable energy, however the European Parliament recently voted to put a cap of 7% on the contribution that first generation biofuels (produced from food crops) can make to this, which will come into effect by 2017.


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