|[September 03, 2014]
Independent study shows Asia Pulp and Paper has sufficient plantation for its Zero Deforestation commitment
JAKARTA --(Business Wire)--
An independent study has today confirmed that Asia Pulp and Paper Group
(APP) has sufficient plantation resource to meet the pulp requirements
of its existing mills as well as its future mill in OKI (News - Alert), South Sumatra.
Timber from APP's sustainable plantations is checked as it enters the mill log yard (Photo: Business Wire)
The launch of the Forest
Conservation Policy (FCP) in February 2013, saw the company commit
to producing pulp and paper that is free from fibre or activity linked
to deforestation. In order to ensure existing supplier plantations have
sufficient capacity to meet this commitment, The Forest Trust (TFT) and
Ata Marie were asked to conduct an independent "Growth and Yield" study
to assess existing plantation areas.
Scott Poynton, Executive Director, The Forest Trust, said: "We are
pleased to be able to reassure everyone that APP and its suppliers have
sufficient resource for the company's 100 per cent plantation target. We
have identified one minor gap in 2020 but this can be easily filled by
increasing the productivity of the plantation operations between now and
Greenbury, APP's managing director of sustainability, said: "The FCP
is central to our business model and this study proves that the model
works - we can continue our operations and expand profitably without
having a detrimental impact on forests in Indonesia or anywhere else in
"The TFT report forecasts a minor gap in supply in 2020. However it is
clear that with a harvesting rotation of around five years, improvements
made now can bridge that gap by increasing productivity of supplier
plantations through improved yield, better tree stock and reduction of
"As such, we have been developing an action plan to ensure we have
sufficient plantation fibre to meet the pulp requirements of our
existing mills as well as our future mill in South Sumatra, in line with
our target to become a 100% plantation busines for pulp production."
The methodology and conclusions of the report will be evaluated by
Rainforest Alliance as part of the independent FCP evaluation it is
currently carrying out.
The announcement comes as APP
releases an 18 month update on FCP implementation. Over that period,
the company has introduced an effective moratorium on all natural forest
clearance while carbon and biodiversity assessments are carried out. The
results of all assessments (High Conservation Value (HCV), High Carbon
Stock (HCS), peatland, social) are now in the process of being combined
into landscape level Integrated Sustainable Forest Management Plans
(ISFMPs) in stages.
The report also provides an update on APP's
commitment to support the protection and restoration of one million
hectares of forest in Indonesia, announced in April 2014. Since then
the company has been engaged in a planning phase of activity with a
variety of key stakeholders including NGOs and governments. As part of
this, initial mapping has been completed for the ten landscapes selected
for conservation activities. The mapping process also identified
conservation opportunities, key threats, and stakeholders with land
rights in each of the landscapes.
Aida Greenbury added: "It has been 18 months since we embarked on our
Zero Deforestation journey with the launch of the FCP and although there
is much left to do, a lot has been achieved in a short time and we are
confident that we are on the right track.
"When we launched the policy, we were moving into uncharted territory,
but since then the 'Zero Deforestation' movement has become more and
more global. With growing support from businesses, governments and civil
society, we are proud to be playing a leading role in helping the world
For more details, download APP's 18 month FCP update report at: https://www.asiapulppaper.com/sustainability/vision-2020/reports
As one of the world's largest pulp and paper companies, Asia Pulp and
Paper Group (APP) is responsible for delivering quality products to meet
the growing global demand for tissue, packaging and paper. On any given
day, our products find their way into the hands of consumers in various
branded forms from all over the world.
Started in 1972 with Tjiwi Kimia (News - Alert) producing caustic soda, now we run
operations across Indonesia and China with an annual combined pulp,
paper, packaging product and converting capacity of over 19 million tons
per annum. Today, APP markets its products in more than 120 countries
across six continents.
Over the years, we have expanded our operations significantly through
the acquisition and expansion of several of our pulp and paper mills.
It's our commitment to customer satisfaction that enables us to grow our
share in paper sales worldwide and broaden our presence through offices
in many countries. We believe 'tradition and modernity go hand in hand'
which means we value long term relationships as part of our Eastern
traditions, while we also are eager to embrace the modern values of
innovation and efficiency.
Maintaining the integrity of our supply chain is also crucial to APP's
operations as well as our commitment to our Sustainability
Roadmap Vision 2020. Learn more about APP's path to operational
excellence by reading our Sustainability
Reports and Forest
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