Use of palm oil
Silbury: Sustainable palm oil
Palm oil has the potential to be the world’s most sustainable vegetable oil - but it needs to be produced responsibly, without harm to people, animals or the natural environment.
Why use palm oil?
Over several decades, palm oil has become the most widely used vegetable oil in the world. Its chemical properties make it suitable for a vast range of applications, from fuel to food, while its fast growth and high yield make it cost-effective and available in high volumes. It also supports the millions of people whose income depends on palm farming.
However, the rapid rise in global demand for palm oil has also seen the palm industry draw concerns over socially and environmentally unsustainable practices.
It doesn’t have to be this way…
FEEDING THE WORLD’S GROWING POPULATION
Demand for vegetable oil is rising with population growth. To feed the world, we need a vegetable oil that is fast growing and high yielding.
THE SEARCH FOR ALTERNATIVES
Deforestation is one of the key issues associated with widescale oil palm cultivation.
Campaigns from NGOs such as Greenpeace have helped create momentum behind the search for alternatives to palm oil in an effort to halt deforestation.
However, extreme caution is needed. No other crop produces as much oil per hectare as palm - so increasing production of an alternative would require vastly more land to meet global demand.
HOW VEGETABLE OILS COMPARE
Global production of vegetable oils (in million tonnes)
PALM OIL CONSUMPTION
Palm oil is not just a food issue. Food represents only part of our palm oil consumption:
PALM OIL REQUIRES LESS LAND THAN ANY OTHER CROP TO PRODUCE ENOUGH OIL TO MEET GLOBAL DEMAND
More palm oil is produced than any other oil - yet the palm uses a fraction of the land of other oil crops.
UK PALM OIL USE IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT
Removing palm oil from all products made and consumed in the UK would have no significant impact on overall global demand for palm.
However, it would help to drive demand for less productive oil sources.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DEPEND ON PALM OIL FOR A LIVING?
Boycotting palm oil would also put entire countries’ economies at risk, directly harming some of the world’s poorest people.
ABOUT DAABON AND SILBURY
Identity Preserved (IP) palm oil is traceable back to the individual farm where the palm was grown and the mill where the palm fruits were crushed to release the oil.
Silbury is the first in the UK to offer IP palm oil direct from farms in Colombia. This is thanks to our partnership with DAABON, the first supplier in the world to be accredited to RSPO’s new and highest level of certification for sustainable palm oil.
This means we can give manufacturers and retailers complete confidence that the palm products they are using adhere to the world’s strictest standards of responsible production – and we can show them the exact origin.
THE DAABON FAMILY OF GROWERS
Colombia’s palm oil producers hold the key to solving two of the most urgent issues facing the food industry: a reliable source of palm oil and a guarantee of sustainability.
DAABON is a family business established in 1914. Its palm oil comes from independently run plantations, 130 family smallholdings, and DAABON’s own plantations, all of which are certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Fairtrade USA, Rainforest Alliance and verified by the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG).
DAABON also operates palm oil refineries with a combined capacity of 41,000 MT per month, providing flexibility to meet high volume requirements as well as small customised orders.
SILBURY’S RANGE OF PRODUCTS
Because every food application is different, Silbury offers a range of products containing fully traceable, IP palm oil. These include:
- refined (RBD) palm fruit and palm kernel oils
- palm shortenings
- fractionated products such as liquid olein for frying and solid stearins
- palm oil blended with soy, sunflower or rapeseed
- certified organic and non-organic
- bespoke products developed to customers’ precise requirements
- a range of segregated (SG) products
The new RSPO principles and criteria, to be introduced in autumn 2019, are the highest standards currently achievable and go further than any previous certification standards.
These core principles of sustainable palm practices include:
- no deforestation
- no fire
- no planting on peat
- reduction of greenhouse gases
- respect for human rights
CAN WE HELP YOU FIND A SOLUTION?
At Silbury, we are proud to supply palm oil that exceeds all previous criteria for sustainable production – and to be able to trace our IP palm oil back to individual farms.
If you would like advice on the available sourcing options, or to arrange a consultation, webinar or visit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org