France supports development of sustainable palm oil
Monday, 7 December, at a COP21 side event, the French government’s Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development signed the “Amsterdam Declaration,” designed to support the private sector’s commitment to sourcing 100%-sustainable palm oil in Europe by 2020.
Preamble to the EU Presidency by the Netherlands:
Yesterday, the Amsterdam Declaration, signed by France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Denmark, was presented by Liliane Ploumen, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, to Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade. A strong signal that demonstrates the determination on the part of the Netherlands – President of the European Union as of January 2016 – to develop a sustainable palm oil industry, one of the key issues in the fight against deforestation.
The Alliance welcomes this major step forward:
« We are delighted that the French government supports our initiative. This important declaration will make it possible to significantly accelerate the pace of change in this supply chain and, hopefully, lead to a full-scale changeover to sustainable palm oil. Development of this supply chain is key to fighting deforestation and global warming,” remarks Guillaume Réveilhac, President of the French Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil. »