APP Continues to Address Environmental Concerns
Two weeks after announcing it will immediately suspend natural forest clearance on its own plantations in Indonesia, Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) today released its Sustainability Roadmap for 2020.
In late-May, APP announced it would base future environmental polices on the High Conservation Value (HCV) forest approach, which is a resource network that provides information and guidelines to identity “critical conservation values” for responsible land management of forests and other ecosystems.
“APP’s road-map reflects upon a paradigm of the way that Indonesian companies are shaping up for the challenges and opportunities of the next decade,” said Gita Wirjawan, Indonesia’s Minister for Trade. “The strategy is about how to become a global industry leader, and doing so in a sustainable way. This will be achieved through innovation, investment and internal transformation. APP’s Sustainability Roadmap will provide a blueprint for the group, as it seeks to become the number one pulp-and-paper company in the world before 2020.”
The release of the new Sustainability Roadmap extends APP’s environmental commitments in relation to its announcement from two weeks ago. Highlights of the new APP Sustainability Roadmap include:
• By 2015, APP will have the capacity to be wholly reliant on raw materials from plantations;
• By 2015, all current APP suppliers will operate by the standards of High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF);
• By 2020, all current APP suppliers will have credible certification for Sustainable Forest Management; and
• APP will introduce carbon measurement and evaluation for its plantations – above and below ground.
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