Palm Oil Project

Over the past few decades, habitat loss and conversion of forests for agricultural use in Borneo and Sumatra has put numerous species at risk and conservation efforts are vitally important to protect the islands biodiversity.

Currently, the expanding unsustainable palm oil industry is one of the biggest threats facing the region.

Palm oil is highly profitable and as the most high yielding and versatile product on the market, demand is increasing. We are fully committed to supporting the market transformation to a fully sustainable palm oil supply to help reduce the industries impact on the environment. 

Working alongside various partners from field projects and zoo associations such as BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) to other zoos and conservation organisations, we engage with stakeholders locally, nationally and globally to find solutions to this conservation problem and to continue to influence many sectors in the palm oil supply chain and promote the use of sustainable palm oil.

We are creating a demand in the UK for sustainable palm oil, and through our Sustainable Palm Oil Challenge we are celebrating the companies who are already committed to 100% Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified sustainable palm oil, supporting those that want to be sustainable and making it easier for people to choose sustainable palm oil products.  

We developed a restaurant toolkit to assist others in reducing their impact on biodiversity and the environment through making sustainable choices and we are working with UK businesses to help grow this resource.  

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Key Facts

Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil that comes from the fruit of oil palm trees
50%
Palm oil is used in around 50% of packaged supermarket products
85%
Around 85% of palm oil is grown in Malaysia and Indonesia

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