Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg declared governmental support to the 'Commitment to Support 100% Sustainable Palm Oil in Europe' yesterday at the Oslo REDD Exchange by signing the Amsterdam Palm Oil Declaration. The Commitment was instigated by IDH and MVO’s European Sustainable Palm Oil, or ESPO, project in December 2015. In her opening speech at the conference, the Norwegian Prime Minister confirmed that Norway is endorsing the Amsterdam declarations on delinking deforestation from the production and supply of agricultural commodities to Europe, with a particular focus on palm oil. In this way, Norway supports the efforts of the private sector to delink deforestation from their supply chains, and to ensure fully sustainable palm oil supply chains by 2020.
The Norwegian food industry, through the Norwegian Initiative for Sustainable Palm Oil (NISPO), as well as the feed industry in Norway have decided to also support the Declaration, and in this way contribute to the efforts of the private sector to remove deforestation from their supply chains, and to ensure fully sustainable palm oil supply chains by 2020. "Signing helps support the work taking place in Europe to drive the development of sustainable palm oil. We take responsibility beyond Norway” says Dag Kjetil Øyna, Head of Secretariat for the NISPO.
MVO and its partners highly appreciate the support of the Norwegian government. To drive the uptake of more sustainable palm oil in Europe, IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative and MVO (The Netherlands Oils and Fats Industry) established the ESPO project in 2015. The project was initiated to stimulate the uptake of more sustainable palm oil in Europe, and will continue to support national initiatives working on sustainable palm oil. MVO works in close collaboration with the European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA), IDH, various national palm oil initiatives, main stream palm oil certification bodies such as RSPO and the umbrella EU associations, such as CAOBISCO (confectionery), FEDIOL (fats and oils) and IMACE (margarines).