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The European Palm Oil Alliance (EPOA) – a business initiative set up by palm oil refiners and producers – has announced that it will be dissolved from 1 January after a decade of promoting sustainable palm oil.

The decision followed the organisation’s achievement of its main objectives, such as the 93% voluntary uptake of certified sustainable palm oil for food, feed and oleochemicals in Europe and emerging European legislation addressing the remaining gap, the EPOA said in its 13 December newsletter.

A range of other sustainable palm oil initiatives, including conferences and smallholder projects, had also been launched in Europe, the EPOA said.

Other achievements by the alliance, in cooperation with its partners, included social media strategies to highlight the importance of sustainable palm oil and annual monitoring reports on progress in the uptake and impact of sustainable palm oil development, the organisation said.

The Sustainable Palm Oil Choice (SPOC) platform – which was set up by the EPOA in partnership with NGOs, palm oil refiners, traders, and representatives from the food, feed and oleochemical industry – would continue to provide support on an individual base for the near future, the EPOA said