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In order to facilitate the implementation of new elements introduced in Principle 7 of the RSPO P&C 2013, and at the recommendation of the ERWG, the RSPO Board of Governors has approved the implementation date of 1st August 2014 for compliance to these new elements. This effectively means that:
Public reporting on C7.8 remains voluntary until 31st December 2016 when the implementation period ends. Therefore reporting on C7.8 will be as an annex to the standard NPP report. The annex will not be uploaded on to the RSPO website. However reporting to the Emission Reduction Working Group (ERWG) is required via the RSPO Secretariat. The only publicly available statement in the NPP, related to 7.8, would be a statement by a certification body confirming that the appropriate assessments have been made in compliance to 7.8 and that these assessments have been submitted to the ERWG. Public reporting is required from 1st January 2017. Please refer to Figure 1 for the process flow on the inclusion of Criterion 7.8.
There may be situations where extenuating circumstances do not allow for the inclusion of C7.8 as part of the NPP submission by the deadline stipulated. RSPO could accept proposals to incorporate C7.8 submission at a later date provided that there is a challenging time bound plan to meet this requirement. However, this flexibility will cease from 1st Jan 2015.
Process and Action Steps for Inclusion of Criterion 7.8 into the RSPO NPP submission
As recommended by the Emissions Reduction Working Group, requirements listed in Table 1 serves as a mandatory add-on to the current RSPO NPP submission. It accommodates the new requirements of Criterion 7.8 which was introduced in the RSPO P&C 2013. Submission of the requirements under Criterion 7.8 becomes mandatory after 1st August 2014.
Public reporting of the requirements under Criterion 7.8 remains voluntary until 31st December 2016. During this time, requirements under Criterion 7.8 will be reported to the RSPO as an annex to the standard NPP report. It will not be uploaded onto the RSPO website. However, as required under the RSPO P&C, it will be made available to the Emission Reduction Working Group. As of 1st January 2017, when public reporting becomes mandatory, requirements under Criterion 7.8 will be published together with the standard NPP report.
Table 1: Detailed Process and Action Steps for Inclusion of Criterion 7.8 in to the RSPO NPP submissions
1. Impact assessments
2. Plan to minimise net GHG emissions