In a blog entry published on Justmeans on September 27, 2014 Gina-Marie Cheeseman reports that “(t)he five biggest palm oil growers in the world agreed to not develop palm oil in high carbon stock areas while the High Carbon Stock Study is being conducted. The 12-month long HCS Study will give information on greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental issues. The study will look at four key areas: above ground biomass, soil carbon, remote sensing and socio-economics. A steering committee is overseeing the study.
The five growers, who are already members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), have launched and signed the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto which commits signatories to sustainable palm oil production.”
You may read the blog entry on the Justmeans internet site.