Sustainable Palm Oil?

Palm oil is an important feedstock used for food, feed, chemicals, cosmetics, and for bioenergy, especially liquid biofuels. The production of palm oil faces severe sustainability challenges with regard to biodiversity, deforestation and respective emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), land tenure, and peatland conversion. Yet, oil palm is a highly productive crop, and its cultivation provides employment and income for many smallholders and family farmers in countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia, Colombia, and increasingly in sub-Saharan Africa.

To address these issues from a transdisciplinary perspective, IINAS leads the reserch project "Sustainable Palm Oil? Consumption-orientated approaches for a sustainable supply of palm oil" carried out in collaboration with WWF Germany and German Environmental Action (DUH) for the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

This project focuses on Germany, but will also involve European and international actors and stakeholders in cooperation with other ongoing projects of the project partners.

The project started in Janaury 2019 and runs for 3.5 years. For more info, see project flyer.


"State of sustainable palm oil" - Working paper (in German)

Results of the impact analysis of sustainability certification of (not only) palm oil - Working paper (in German)


Ulrike Eppler, project lead, IINAS (Berlin office)

Geman Environment Action (DUH): Karoline Kickler & Peer Cyriacks

WWF Germany: Ilka Petersen

Umweltbundesamt: Jan Seven