The UK Government plans to harvest palm oil by completely environmentally friendly sources by the year 2015. This is the target for all of the palm oil used by the government’s catering and good services to come from sustainable sources according to an announcement made by the UK Environment Minister.
Other organizations are jumping in to help make sure that the Government is able to reach its goal including charities, supermarkets, and the WWF. Richard Benyon, the Environment Minister, stated that the government is hoping to lead the way in sustainability efforts in the kitchen by using only environmentally friendly palm oil for its own catering services.
He added that this is great news for forests and wildlife around the world because it includes using items that do not contribute to climate change and deforestation. He added that already there are many K businesses that have adapted their palm oil sources and that charities, producers, and manufactures are working together to move the goal of 100% sustainable sourced palm oil into reality.
The REA (Renewable Energy Association) also commented that only about .5% of biofuels that are sold within the UK are made from palm and made a point to note that palm oil is not the main ingredient in all UK biofuel production lines.
Head of renewable transport Clare Wenner added that the Department of Transport has created a great set of sustainability criteria that can be used as an excellent example of policy intervention that shows how the industry should be regulated.
She went on to explain that the criteria helps to prevent unsustainable practices and that the criteria used by the DoT has already helped to remove palm oil from the UK biofuel market and helped create greenhouse gas savings of about 77%.