Next steps for RSPO in relation to peatlands
Private sector performance
The new RSPO (April 2013) Principles and Criteria (P&C) require the avoidance of new plantation developments on peatlands and provide important guidance for addressing the issues related to
the production of palm oil on peat. The new P&C acknowledge that drainage of peatlands results in greenhouse gas emissions and peat soil subsidence, which in turn create flooding problems. The new requirements constitute a major step forward in the development of sustainable palm oil.