Sabah Chooses New Palm Oil Certification to Cater to Europe’s Needs
by Jason Santos (Malaysian Insight) SABAH’s move for a full compliance of the Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) by 2025 is to ensure the survival of the sector, state forestry director Sam Mannan said.
The move will also make Sabah the first in the world to adopt CSPO, with the state cabinet approving the resolution on October 25, 2015.
Part of the decision was also based on the state’s experience on the collapse of Sabah timber industry in the 1990s, where the state paid a big price for not having the Forest Stewardship Council certification for six months.
Sabah’s decision came ahead of the European Parliament non-binding resolution last April to phase out vegetable oils in biodiesel by 2020 over concerns on deforestation.
This includes palm oil, an important commodity in Sabah, which produces 30% of Malaysia’s supply, with 12.8% of the produce coming from its smallholders.
The European parliament’s motion called for a single CSPO scheme for Europe-bound palm and other vegetable oil exports. READ MORE