InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Sustainable palm oil market transformation in Indonesia still needs multi-side cooperation. To make sure the forest, natural diversity, and human rights, the stakeholders – the producers and consumers should escalate their efforts in hoping that Indonesia would become not only as the biggest certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) producer but also as the biggest CSPO consumer in the world.
In 2021, Indonesia produced 10,8 million tons CSPO. According to Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the numbers crowned Indonesia as the biggest CSPO producer in the world.
Since 2017, Indonesia has been increasing CSPO production in national scale significantly.
In 2017, CSPO production in Indonesia reached 6,6 million tons and kept increasing about 63% or reaching 10,8 million tons in 2021. RSPO mentioned, CSPO production in the past five years led Indonesia surpassed Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, and Colombia.
It is not easy for Indonesia to get the rank as the biggest CSPO producer in the world. There were many ahead, such as, legal area, obedience to RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C), Business Permits which postponed the conditions in RSPO.
The new Deputy Director Market Transformation (Indonesia) RSPO, Mahatma Windrawan said, the successful increasing CSPO volume in Indonesia has something to do with the strong commitment of RSPO members.
“In Indonesia, we have RSPO members that invested to confirm that every cultivation should be the best and sustainable based on RSPO P&C. The CSPO productions in Indonesia need the same efforts to increase the market absorption,” he said.
Though in the first place many consumer countries vocalized to fulfill RSPO P&C), the markets do not get the full potential globally. “Until now 19% of palm oil supply have been in RSPO certification and most of them are sold in the markets. But the local demands are much lower in numbers,” Windrawan said. (T1)
Source: InfoSAWIT, March 2022