AOMG urges RSPO to step up its promotion

Category: News Published: Monday, 19 October 2015

AOMG was invited again to present a paper at PIPOC 2015 that was held from 6 - 8 October at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Ir Qua Kiat Seng presented a paper jointly prepared with Mr Choong Wai Tuck. The paper “Moving sustainable oleochemicals through the supply chain” was the first paper presented at the Oleo & Speciality Chemicals Conference (OSC).

Ir Qua updated the audience on the latest developments which were welcomed in encouraging the move towards physical transition. He noted that the uptake of physical certified sustainable palm oil has been steadily increasing from 14% in 2012 to 22% in 2014. Within the RSPO Standing Committee Trade & Traceability, the ‘Sub-group oleochemicals and their derivatives’ has been set up. As oleochemicals is complex one of the objectives of the sub-group is to provide answers to questions raised with respect to the Supply Chain Certification Systems and Standard 2014.

There still remained challenges particularly the availability of physical CSPKO and the MNC’s traceability requirements. RSPO was again urged to make RSPO the dominant sustainable and traceable platform as the proliferation of platforms confused the market as well as increased costs unnecessarily. The current haze should be used by RSPO to market its branding in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore as one of the ways to resolve an 18 year old problem.

To a question that some along the supply chain did not want to share the costs Ir Qua said that it was not shouldering the responsibility fairly. He now adds that the traceability platform of some MNCs appears to be a way of avoiding these costs.

To view the paper presented by Ir Qua Kiat Seng, please click HERE.



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