World’s biggest palm oil trader announces plans to prevent deforestation

Wilmar International has pledged to stop working with farmers and businesses involved in deforestation or development on peatland

PZ Cussons gets in a lather about plastic

The Imperial Lather owner has also promised to source sustainable palm oil by 2025

Indonesia and Malaysia join forces to fight EU phase-out of palm oil biofuels

The EU plans to cut the use of palm oil as biodiesel from 2030

Unilever agrees to clamp down on unsustainable palm oil

Unilever has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an Indonesian state-owned palm oil plantation company to help produce the widely-used product more sustainably. The agreement with PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) will see the companies work to help mills and farmers reduce deforestation, avoid developing on peat areas and stop the exploitation of local people and […]

MEPs call for unsustainable palm oil clampdown

MEPs have called for a clampdown on imports of unsustainable palm oil and its use in biofuel. In a resolution voted today, 640 ministers supported the Czech Republic’s Kateřina Konečná in asserting a large part of global palm oil production is in breach of fundamental human rights and can often prove untraceable. Only 18 MEPs […]

No palm oil used to make biodiesel in UK

No palm oil has been used to make biodiesel in the UK. That’s according to the Department for Transport which analysed data from April last year to the same month this year. It added, biodiesel is now largely made from waste feedstocks, in particular used cooking oil. Feedstocks are also the major contributor to renewable […]

Kellogg’s to only use gr-r-r-eat palm oil in cereals

When you pour a bowl of cereal for breakfast, do you ever pause to wonder where its ingredients came from? You might give it a second thought after global brand Kellogg’s announced plans to only use responsibly sourced palm oil in its cereals. The cornflakes’ maker has announced that by 31 December 2015, its supply […]

Unilever gets fifth of energy from renewables

The Marmite-making multinational corporation which also brings us Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Hellman’s mayonaise this week touted its environmental credentials. Unilever says renewable energy now contributes a fifth of its total energy use, while 100% of the electricity it buys in Europe is now from renewable sources. The firm released a report on […]

Are biofuels really all that green?

A study lead by researchers from the University of Leicester has revealed the impacts of using biofuels from oil palm plantations may be more damaging than previously thought. The team conducted work on behalf of the think tank International Council on Clean Transportation. The team concluded that a value of 86 tonnes of carbon dioxide […]