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359 RSPO Active Members in China

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359 RSPO Active Members in China

InfoSAWIT, CHINA – For the next couples of years, China would play its central roles to develop sustainable palm oil. Some new policies have been implemented and showed the serious commitment to manage environmental impacts and escalate the governance in this sector.

Lin Hui, Associate Professor, Institute of Science and Development Chinese Academy of Sciences said that one main point to know is that the big impacts from China to many countries in the globe, namely as one biggest waster in the world. Consuming many products including palm oil, has become the main aspect for the Chinese. As same as the increasing awareness of environmental issues, China gets more focus on palm oil and other product - market transformation to support the sustainable trade globally.

“This reflects the commitment of China to participate in every action globally, such as, climate, tropical commodity, including palm oil, play its central roles in the agenda,” he said when being a speaker in RT2023 in Jakarta that InfoSAWIT attended.

Lin Hui also mentioned it is important to know that the policies would deliver positive consequences in sustainable palm oil application in China.

Since RSPO secretariat representative office was established in China in 2015, RSPO members escalated significantly. In 2023, more than 300 RSPO members actively participated in the country, consumed almost 500 thousand tons sustainable palm oil that covered hardly eight percent of the volume import totally.

According to RSPO, per 31 December 2023, RSPO members in China reached 359. The numbers consisted of 269 men as the supply chain men, 86 regular men, and 4 affiliation member men.

RSPO Impact Update 2023 revealed annual consumption of certified sustainable palm oil in China in 2022 almost reached 500.000 tons, or equal to 8,2% of palm oil consumption totally. This was the positive progress on market awareness and sustainable practices conducted by the companies. (T2)