Certified sustainable palm oil

Where is palm oil grown?

Palm oil (elaeis guineensis) is a tropical oil, growing only within 10 degrees north or south of the equator. These growing regions house vast areas of tropical rainforest rich in biodiversity on the continents of Asia, Africa and South America. Demand for edible vegetable oils has grown strongly in recent decades and palm oil plantations have expanded rapidly in number and size to meet the global demand.

Map of world showing equator

The ideal growing conditions for palm oil are found across the equator or 10 degrees north / south.  





Top palm oil producing nations Jan - Dec 2015  
  

  1.  Indonesia: 33.4 million tonnes of palm oil 

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2.   Malaysia: 19.9 million tonnes of palm oil

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3.   Thailand: 1.8 million tonnes of palm oil

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4.   Colombia: 1.2 million tonnes of palm oil 

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5.   Nigeria: 0.94 million tonnes of palm oil

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6.   Ecuador: 0.53 million tonnes of palm oil 

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7.   Guatemala: 0.52 million tonnes of palm oil

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  8.  Papua New Guinea: 0.5 million tonnes of palm oil 

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Since 1980, palm oil production has increased tenfold with estimates that production will increase 50% by 2050. Indonesia is the largest producer of palm oil, followed by Malaysia - both countries account for 84% of the worlds palm production. There has recently been an increase in palm oil production in South America via Colombia, Ecuador and Guatemala.   

It is estimated that there are 17 million hectares of mature palm oil plantations across the equator, producing a total of 62 million tonnes of palm oil in 2015. The second largest global vegetable oil, soya, takes up 120 million hectares, producing 48 million tonnes of soya oil.

Global Palm Oil Production 2015