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IKPP P.T. Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper TbK, APP Asia Pulp & Paper Headquarter / Sinar Mas Group

News - IKPP P.T. Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper TbK, APP Asia Pulp & Paper Headquarter / Sinar Mas Group

Newsgrafik #119719
 09.04.2018

APP leads adoption of global sustainability reporting standards in Indonesia  (Company news)

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), part of Sinarmas, received the Special Commendation for Early Adopted GRI Standards at the Sustainability Reporting Awards (SRA) in Solo, Indonesia. This is the fifth award that APP received from the SRA and recognizes APP as a trailblazer in the adoption of the newest GRI Standards for its sustainability reporting in the country.

Issued by the independent standards organization Global Reporting Initiative in early 2017 to replace the earlier version “G4 Guidelines”, the GRI Standards is the world’s first standardized sustainability reporting structure to be applied globally. The organization recommended early adoption of the latest GRI Standards, which otherwise would be officially effective from 1 July 2018. Heeding the call, APP had applied the latest standards in developing its 2016 Sustainability Report.

“We are encouraged to receive the special commendation at this year’s Sustainability Reporting Award for our use of the GRI Standards in our latest Sustainability Report,” said APP Sustainability Manager Sera Noviany. “APP’s early adoption of the most updated version of the standards is a reflection of our commitment to running a sustainable pulp and paper business with the highest standards in accountability and transparency.”

In the 2016 report that it published last year, APP shared the progress it had made in meeting its commitments, including the Forest Conservation Policy and the Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020. The year marked the first full year of APP’s revised mill sustainability KPI approach, which led to improvements in energy use and carbon intensity, as well as the completion of APP’s Integrated Sustainable Forest Management Plans (ISFMPs) for all its pulpwood suppliers.

“Having a common language globally, such as the GRI Standards, allows companies and other stakeholders to discuss such progress as well as efforts that need to be done in a measurable and productive way,” said Noviany. “We are keen to share our experiences in implementing these global standards, and hope to see a wider adoption in Indonesia in the near future,” she said, adding that awarding events such as the SRA provide an important platform for industry players to meet and have this conversation.

Initiated by the National Center for Sustainability Reporting, the SRA recognizes companies that communicate their sustainability initiatives and progress through reporting mechanisms such as sustainability reports and corporate websites. It aims to support the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a commitment that APP shares.

Previously, APP won the “Special Commendation for Best Practice” for its Forest Conservation Policy in the 2016 Sustainability Reporting Awards.
(APP Asia Pulp & Paper Headquarter)

Newsgrafik #116988
 16.05.2017

Minerals Technologies Signs Agreement With PT Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper, a ...  (Company news)

... Subsidiary of Asia Pulp & Paper Group, to Construct a 125,000 Metric-Ton Per Year Satellite PCC Plant in Indonesia, and to Expand an Existing Satellite to 140,000 Metric Tons

Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE:MTX) announced today that it has signed an agreement with PT Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper (IKPP), a subsidiary of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) to build a 125,000 metric-ton per year satellite precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) plant at its paper mill in Perawang, Indonesia. As part of the agreement, Minerals Technologies will also expand its present satellite PCC facility at the Perawang mill by 40,000 metric tons to 140,000 metric tons. The facility will be operated by PT Sinar Mas Specialty Minerals, an existing joint venture with APP in Indonesia.

“We are extremely pleased to expand our relationship with this long-term partner and world-class paper manufacturer through this agreement to build a new satellite and provide additional capacity at the satellite we have had at Perawang since 1997,” said Douglas T. Dietrich, chief executive officer. “This customer is integral to our Asia growth strategy for PCC.”

These facilities are scheduled to begin operation in the second quarter of 2018. Rand Mendez, senior vice president and managing director of Paper PCC, commented further: “APP is an innovative paper company, and we are pleased that they have confirmed the value of our PCC technology in their fine paper grades. Our PCC will be used as a paper filler to improve brightness, opacity and bulk, and to reduce the cost to the papermaker of higher-cost fiber.”

PCC is a specialty pigment for filling and coating high-quality paper. By substituting Minerals Technologies' PCC for more expensive wood fiber, customers are able to produce brighter, higher quality paper at lower cost. In 1986, Minerals Technologies originated the satellite concept for making and delivering PCC on-site at paper mills, and the concept was a major factor in revolutionizing papermaking in North America. Today, the company has more than 60 satellite plants in operation or under construction around the world and continues to lead the industry with consistent quality and technical innovation.

New York-based Minerals Technologies Inc. is a resource- and technology-based growth company that develops, produces and markets worldwide a broad range of specialty mineral, mineral-based and synthetic mineral products and related systems and services. MTI serves the paper, foundry, steel, construction, environmental, energy, polymer and consumer products industries. The company reported sales of $1.638 billion in 2016.
(MTI Minerals Technologies Inc.)

Newsgrafik #116685
 06.04.2017

Toscotec received 8 machine order from APP  (Company news)

Toscotec has received in total 8 (eight) Tissue Machine order from APP. Two of the Tissue Machines are scheduled to come on stream in Q4 2017 and Q1 2018, respectively. In the meantime, the Italian supplier is manufacturing other 6 tissue machines which are planned for delivery between the Q3 2017 and the first half of 2018. Each tissue machine is capable of producing, among other tissue grades, 300 tpd or about 100,000 tpa of high gsm tissue.

Photo: PRODERGY tissue machine

Based on a continued strategic expansion, APP has decided to choose Toscotec’s state of the art technology, with the objective of using the most “green solution” available on the market and reducing energy costs. The scope of supply of this major order includes AHEAD-2.0L crescent former tissue machines, with a net trim width of 5.6m, 22 FT diameter Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD-22FT and Steam Heated Yankee Hoods.

This is Toscotec’s most recent innovation, PRODERGY, a new concept developed from the Company’s successful line, the AHEAD-2.0, which significantly boosts production and cuts down on the energy costs. In fact, PRODERGY is the 1st tissue machine to combine top production performance and top product quality, with energy efficiency. Its unique configuration of the drying section has taken tissue technology to a whole new level and has set new records for the industry. The first record to be broken is the diameter of the Steel Yankee: 22 feet, the largest Steel Yankee Dryer ever built for tissue production. The second record pertains to the speed, and therefore to the production output, as Prodergy is the first tissue machine relying on steam energy only that can achieve a maximum operation speed of 2000 m/min.

These features make Prodergy the most green cutting-edge technology available on the tissue market nowadays. Its use of steam energy in the hoods guarantees the lowest possible emissions and environmental impact.

This major order confirms the long-standing cooperation between APP and Toscotec, which in the past has already provided APP with a significant number of Steel Yankee Dryers.
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

Newsgrafik #116370
 07.03.2017

Hong Kong consumers willing to pay a premium for sustainable paper   (Company news)

Asia Pulp & Paper releases survey results about sustainable and safe paper usage in Hong Kong Promoting industry collaboration to offer eco-products.

Gold East Trading (Hong Kong) Company Limited, a subsidiary of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), today announced the results of the “Sustainable and Safe Paper Usage in Hong Kong” survey which revealed that nearly 70 per cent of Hong Kong consumers are willing to pay an additional 5 per cent or more to purchase paper products from sustainable sources.
(APP Asia Pulp & Paper Headquarter)

Newsgrafik #113686
 10.05.2016

Asia Pulp & Paper showcases refreshed product lines at Drupa 2016  (Company news)

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) will be showcasing a range of updated and established product lines for the print and packaging industry at Drupa 2016, between the 31st of May and 10th June 2016. APP’s stand is located at F08, Hall no.4.

APP’s product showcase will focus on four key product lines for the European market as printers look to the future of print at Drupa.
-SinarKraft: APP’s premier multilayer packaging board range, SinarKraft, is a three-ply product consisting of pure bleached hardwood kraft fibres with an inner unbleached kraft fibre layer. The combination of excellent printability through a minimum guaranteed brightness of 83% (ISO 2470) strength and moisture resistance makes the board ideally suited to high quality dry and frozen food packaging in addition to applications across cosmetics and pharmaceutical packaging. SinarKraft is available as Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Certified and is available in 280, 300, 350 and 380 g/m2.
Extraprint: APP’s European bestselling range of high quality wood free uncoated graphical papers will be available in a range of formats and grammages from 70 through to 270 g/m2. Extraprint is designed to offer a unique combination of brightness, smoothness, opacity and runnability that makes it ideally suited for high speed offset printing in both sheet-fed and web applications. Extraprint is available as PEFC Certified.
Zenith: APP’s fully coated folding boxboard with a coated white back (GC1) has been designed to appeal to printers looking for the perfect solution for luxury cosmetics, confectionary, high quality packaging, greeting card and pharmaceutical applications. Zenith is designed to be suitable for all types of printing, is food grade and is available in a range of formats and grammages from 215 through to 380 g/m2. Zenith is PEFC Certified.
Nevia Plus: APP’s range of high quality coated wood free papers which provide excellent whiteness and good opacity have been revolutionising value printing across Europe with applications as diverse as magazine printing through to brochures and leaflets. Nevia Plus is PEFC certified.

​Lee Henderson, Director of European Sustainability and Stakeholder Outreach at Asia Pulp and Paper, said:
“Printers are today demanding harder working print materials suitable for an ever widening range of applications, printing technologies and finishes. SinarKraft is especially suitable for printers looking to diversify into high growth areas such as dry and frozen food packaging. We see global demand for the folding carton category as a whole reaching $184 billion by 2018, representing more than 30% growth on 2012 levels, so the market represents significant opportunity. We’ll be exhibiting our products for printers at F08 in Hall no.4.during Drupa.”
(APP Asia Pulp & Paper Headquarter)

Newsgrafik #112236
 14.12.2015

New Foundation Launches to Provide Innovative Financing Solution for Rainforest Protection  (Company news)

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has initiated the establishment of a new independent organisation, the Belantara Foundation, that will create an innovative new direct funding platform to protect rainforests. This new funding mechanism will channel both public and private sector finance direct to local communities and other actors implementing forest conservation projects. The announcement coincides with the Global Landscape Forum in Paris which is taking place as part of the UN climate talks during COP21, to draw attention to the urgent need to protect the world’s remaining forests.

Belantara’s mission will be to provide a direct channel to protect and support Indonesian forests for the billions of dollars of financing for forest conservation that have been pledged worldwide. When its full remit is announced in 2016 the foundation will be able to receive funding from both the public and private sector, with governance standards, safeguards and a monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system that gives funders confidence their money is being put to good use.

The new platform builds on APP’s experience of working with government and non-government actors on landscape-wide conservation and restoration projects in Indonesia. It seeks to draw on the partnerships that APP have established with government funded programmes such as the landscape approach programme in South Sumatra province , with the aim of finding synergies with programmes of this type and collaborating with these actors in landscapes across Indonesia.

The foundation will have a clear governance structure and arm’s length agreement with APP, who will be guaranteeing a long-term grant to fund its initial activities. The new foundation will provide both a coordination and supervisory function for different actors in the landscape and achieve its objectives by allocating funds to NGOs, local communities and other organisations involved in delivering projects. All activities will have the ultimate aim of protecting and restoring Indonesian rainforests.

“Billions of dollars have been pledged around the globe for forest conservation, but too little of it has made a real impact on the ground. We want to use our leverage and reach as the largest private concession holder in Indonesia to create a platform that will be independent and accountable but which will also provide an effective means of channelling some of this funding to real projects that make a difference in protecting and restoring Indonesia’s rainforests. We will start by investing our own funds in the platform but hope that in a short time others will follow,” said Aida Greenbury, Managing Director of Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement at APP.

Belantara along with the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Yapeka, APP and other partners, has produced a landscape conservation master plan to act as a guide for all partner groups implementing projects. With the input of key stakeholders, the foundation has identified ten priority landscapes, where APP and its suppliers have commercial forestry based operations and are among the most ecologically valuable, yet simultaneously threatened in Indonesia. These will form the initial focus of the foundation’s work to support the protection and restoration of local ecosystems while advancing sustainable development within communities. These landscapes are a mix of ecosystems dominated by wetlands, including mangrove forests, peat swamp forests, and freshwater swamp forests, together with lowland rainforests and heath forests.

The Foundation is uniquely placed to be able to work with a diverse group of stakeholders and stimulate collaboration and coordination amongst all parties engaged in conservation projects in the ten landscapes identified across Sumatra and Kalimantan. The Foundation will also allocate funding to initiatives that share similar landscape scale conservation objectives. These plans will be unveiled in more detail in early 2016.

This new commitment is in addition to APP’s existing pledge to support the protection and restoration of 1 million hectares of forest landscapes and to channel and coordinate USD $10 million a year of in-kind and financial support into forest conservation across Indonesia, announced in 2014. Earlier this week at the Indonesian Pavilion at COP21, APP also announced a community based agro-forestry programme for 500 communities in Indonesia.
(APP Asia Pulp & Paper Headquarter)

Newsgrafik #111139
 19.08.2015

Asia Pulp & Paper commits to the first-ever retirement of commercial plantations on ...  (Company news)

...tropical peatland to cut carbon emissions

-APP partners with Deltares to develop peatland best management practice model – Greenpeace is monitoring its development
-In the largest exercise of its kind, a quarter of Indonesian peat landscapes is mapped with LiDAR technology
-APP builds on FCP commitment of a moratorium on all peatland development since 2013

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) announced it is committing to retire around 7,000 hectares of commercial plantation areas to protect threatened carbon-rich peatlands, the first time that plantations on tropical peatland have been retired for conservation purposes worldwide.

Peatland development in Indonesia represents one of the single largest terrestrial sources of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the world1. Retiring these plantation areas will help support the Government of Indonesia’s target of a 26 per cent reduction in emissions by 2020.

The land marked for retirement is spread across five individual acacia plantation areas in Riau and South Sumatra which have been identified as requiring immediate rehabilitation following recommendations from the applied research institute Deltares. In line with APP’s Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), a Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) process will be conducted for the five areas, before any retirement proceeds.

Today’s announcement is part of APP’s commitment to establish a science-based landscape approach for best practice peatland management that can be used by the Indonesian Government and plantation companies. It builds on the conservation pledges in the company’s FCP, which placed an immediate moratorium on all natural forests and new peatland development in February 2013.

As part of this approach, Deltares is working with APP to carry out the largest mapping exercise ever carried out on tropical peatland areas using LiDAR remote sensing technology. LiDAR, deployed from aircraft, allows Deltares to map around one quarter of all Indonesian peatland where APP’s suppliers are located. The area totals 4.5 million hectares, which compares to an area the size of Switzerland or the State of Pennsylvania. The resulting maps will be finalised in 2016.

The mapping will provide unprecedented insight into the hydrology and environmental conditions of a number of critically important peat landscapes. Analysis of the data will enable Deltares to provide further recommendations on how APP can minimise the impact of drainage in peat landscapes, making a significant contribution not only to reducing forest loss but also to reducing greenhouse gas emissions that lead to climate change.

Aida Greenbury, Managing Director Sustainability, APP said:
“APP’s decision to retire these areas of commercial plantation is an important milestone in the delivery of our Forest Conservation Policy and we believe it is an unprecedented commitment. The retirement of active plantations is not an easy decision for any business to take, but we believe that taking urgent steps to protect remaining areas of peatland forest, as well as reducing and avoiding climate emissions from peatlands, must be a priority. While there is still a long way to go, and we have much to learn, this announcement today represents a major breakthrough.
“However, the reality of protecting peat landscapes is that no one company like APP can do it alone. APP’s goal of supporting the conservation of forest and peat landscapes needs to be a shared objective, and one supported by meaningful actions from both the Government and other plantation companies. This should include addressing the systemic barriers to forest and peatland protection, supporting forest restoration and ensuring development opportunities for communities.”

Dr Aljosja Hooijer, programme leader at Deltares, said:
“APP has a unique opportunity to support peatland forest conservation and emission reduction. The progress announced today is a first step in a process towards the development of a new model to define best management practices in peatlands. The pioneering approach to collecting LiDAR data has allowed the technology to be deployed at an unprecedented scale economically, and will advance the science of peat and peat management not only in Indonesia, but also globally.”
(APP Asia Pulp & Paper Headquarter)

Newsgrafik #110425
 09.06.2015

APP increases availability of PEFC certified products  (Company news)

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) can offer customers with a greater range of Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified products across its global markets by the end of 2015. This follows the award of Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation (IFCC) certification to over 300,000 hectares of APP suppliers’ plantations.

The 306,400 hectares of IFCC-PEFC certified plantations are operated by two of APP’s suppliers in Riau province, Indonesia; PT. Arara Abadi and PT. Satria Perkasa Agung respectively. In addition, more than 1,000,000 hectares of plantation area are in the final stages of IFCC-PEFC certification, with certification anticipated imminently. This means that APP will be much closer to reaching its Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020 target of 100% of pulpwood suppliers achieving sustainable forest management certification by 2020 - significantly ahead of target.

“Consumers increasingly demand sustainable and certified products. APP embraces all credible certification schemes, and is a member and supporter of the PEFC. We have been working hard to help develop the Indonesian national sustainable forest management certification, and have helped to ensure that it is fully aligned with globally recognised standards, because we recognise that independent assurance of sustainable forest management is very important for our customers. Through our work to support the development of the IFCC, its endorsement by the PEFC and the hard work of our suppliers in meeting the IFCC’s international standards, we have achieved this goal.

“This is now the third year of the implementation of our zero deforestation commitment. In combination with this commitment, this certification means buyers from APP can be assured that not only are APP’s products of high quality, but that they are certified, traceable and support sustainable forest management across Indonesia.” said Aida Greenbury (photo), Managing Director Sustainability, APP.

Secretary General of PEFC International, Ben Gunneberg said: “PEFC is proud to be associated with first certificates to be issued against the recently endorsed IFCC forest management standard as through these Indonesia is signalling its commitment to sustainable forest management to consumers around the world”

Dradjad H Wibowo, Chairman of the IFCC, added: “Today marks the realisation of a lot of hard work and a long held ambition to secure internationally recognized certification for Indonesia’s forests. Our dual ambition of stimulating the Indonesian economy, assisting small holders whilst protecting one of our most valuable resources, our natural forests, will be significantly bolstered by the presence of the PEFC certificate, which is regarded around the globe as a guarantee of responsibly sourced products”.
(IKPP P.T. Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper TbK)

Newsgrafik #110360
 04.06.2015

WWF welcomes APRIL's new deforestation moratorium, careful scrutiny required on implementation  (Company news)

WWF has welcomed an immediate moratorium on natural forest clearing, and new peatland development in an upgraded Sustainable Forestry Management Plan (SFMP 2.0) announced by pulp and paper company Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL).

“The enhanced Sustainable Forest Management Policy announced today is APRIL’s response to longstanding calls to quit deforestation by civil society groups. WWF hopes APRIL can fully implement this commitment considering its potentially positive environment and social impacts,” said Dr Efransjah, CEO of WWF-Indonesia.

While optimistic, WWF is still cautious on APRIL’s full and strict implementation of its policy and intends to closely monitor progress in partnership with stakeholders such as NGO coalition Eyes on the Forest.

Under the new policy, APRIL has committed not to acquire new land, licences or suppliers with plantations developed in breach of the forest safeguards in the policy. While APRIL has committed to no new clearing or draining of forested peatland, the policy allows development of degraded peatland to continue based on recommendations from independent peatland experts. The new policy includes a commitment to protect High Carbon Stock (HCS) areas identified in accord with the HCS Approach prescribed by the HCS Approach Steering Group.

As a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC), WWF expects to continue working with other experts and civil society groups to support and advise APRIL in meeting its commitments and its transition to become a more responsible producer. WWF is also calling on APRIL to include more representation from civil society groups and to comission an independent review of its progress in implementation of SFMP 2.0. WWF urges APRIL to respond to and follow up all recommendations and inputs from SAC and key stakeholders in a clear and transparent manner.

“This strengthened commitment by APRIL is an encouraging step along the pathway towards responsible and sustainable production. We call APRIL to always respect tenure rights of indigenous people and take serious efforts to resolve existing social conflict as they are committed to in this policy,” said Aditya Bayunanda, WWF Indonesia Forest Commodity Market Transformation Leader.

“We will continue to work with other civil society organisations to monitor and assess APRIL’s compliance with its commitments.”
(WWF – World Wide Fund For Nature)

Newsgrafik #109245
 04.03.2015

Asia Pulp & Paper welcomes Rainforest Alliance's independent evaluation of its ...  (Company news)

...Forest Conservation Policy

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has welcomed the Rainforest Alliance independent evaluation of its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP). The evaluation concludes that the company has made moderate progress towards meeting its commitments.

The FCP was announced on February 5th 2013, marking an immediate end to natural forest clearance by APP’s pulpwood suppliers as well as a range of other measures. APP recognised that engaging the Rainforest Alliance, a credible international organisation, to evaluate its progress would provide a valuable perspective on its work as well as increase transparency.

The evaluation report, which assesses the period between 5 February 2013 and 15 August 2014, provides a view of the company’s progress towards meeting each of the FCP’s four policy areas, as well as additional public statements that are relevant to the FCP.

Aida Greenbury, APP’s managing director, sustainability, said: “The FCP is an unprecedented initiative – developed by APP, TFT and Greenpeace – to define a new standard and a new business model for achieving Zero Deforestation in the supply chain. We’re pleased that the Rainforest Alliance has recognised the progress we are making. We believe today’s report shows that our efforts to achieve Zero Deforestation are on the right track.

“However, our FCP implementation measures are not carved in stone. We must have the courage to continually improve them as we learn lessons from implementation. The report has highlighted a number of areas which require additional focus. Its findings, along with feedback from other stakeholders, have been used to inform our FCP implementation plan for 2015 and beyond, which we are introducing today.

“We also believe that an evaluation like this puts a global spotlight on the issues currently at play in Indonesia’s forests. Since 2013, we have been calling for other stakeholders to support us with our Zero Deforestation Policy because forest continues to be lost due to factors that, despite our efforts, we cannot completely control, such as encroachment, forest fires and illegal activities. Our hope is that this evaluation will raise awareness of forestry issues in Indonesia and prompt others, including government, NGOs and the private sector to collaborate more closely to help tackle the issues across the landscape.”

Richard Donovan, Rainforest Alliance Senior Vice President of Forestry, said: “In 2013 APP set out an ambitious program for change. The Rainforest Alliance has found that APP has made moderate progress to implement the many commitments embedded in its FCP during the 18 month period we evaluated. Key steps have been taken, such as halting the clearance of natural forest by its suppliers. As with any major change initiative there remains work to be done to put the policies and procedures that have been developed into action in the field. Rainforest Alliance encourages APP to continue on the path set out in the FCP.”

Today’s FCP Implementation Plan includes the priorities for 2015 onwards, which draw upon Rainforest Alliance’s most significant findings. These are issues related to third party forest clearance, peatland best management practices as well as FPIC and social conflict resolution.

The additional areas covered in the Implementation Plan are:
- Wildfire prevention and management
- HCVManagement and protection
- Workers’ rights and welfare
- Sustainable wood supply
- Landscape conservation initiative
- Internal engagement

Elements of the plan will be subject to further consultation as APP continues to implement its Forest Conservation Policy over the coming months and years.
(APP Asia Pulp & Paper Headquarter)

Newsgrafik #107789
 29.09.2014

Asia Pulp and Paper signs New York Declaration on Forests at UN Climate Summit to help ...  (Company news)

...tackle climate change

Mr. Teguh Ganda Wijaya, Chairman of Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP), joined a number of companies, governments and NGOs to sign the New York Declaration on Forests at an event at the UN Climate Summit 2014. The declaration is an unprecedented international, multi-sector commitment to safeguard the world’s forests and to help tackle climate change.
All signatories of the Declaration have committed to a vision of slowing, halting, and reversing global forest loss while simultaneously contributing to economic growth, poverty alleviation, rule of law, food security, climate resilience and biodiversity conservation.

The declaration, which was formalised at an event hosted by UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, highlights that reducing emissions from deforestation and increasing forest restoration are key to tackling climate change. Partners are called on to work together to:
- At least halve the rate of loss of natural forests globally by 2020 and strive to end natural forest loss by 2030.
- Restore 150 million hectares of degraded landscapes and forestlands by 2020 and significantly increase the rate of global restoration thereafter, which would restore at least an additional 200 million hectares by 2030.
- The full list of commitments have the collective target of achieving a reduction in emissions by 4.5-8.8 billion tons per year by 2030.

​Teguh Ganda Wijaya, Chairman of APP said: “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has done the planet and some of its most critical ecosystems a great service in convening this ground-breaking meeting of governments, global business leaders and NGOs. Business can take the lead in delivering these commitments, but we must work closely with all stakeholders including governments and NGOs to truly tackle deforestation and climate change. One of the most effective ways to do this is by conserving forest, planting trees, and protecting the natural forest that surrounds.
“We at APP also believe that forest-based products can help in this regard because they retain carbon, are recyclable and, when sourced from responsibly managed plantations, are often more sustainable than the alternatives."

Aida Greenbury, APP’s managing director of sustainability added: “We have shown through our own Zero Deforestation policies that ambitious targets to protect the world’s remaining forests can be agreed, implemented and achieved by companies operating in emerging economies. Our view is that wherever a company is involved in the forest supply chain, they should be implementing these policies immediately. There is no time to waste.”

APP announced its Forest Conservation Policy and zero deforestation commitment in February 2013 and over the last 18 months, has been working successfully to implement this policy. Earlier this year, the company made a further commitment to support the protection and restoration of one million hectares of tropical rainforest landscapes in Indonesia, one of the most ambitious conservation commitments ever made by a private company.
(APP Asia Pulp & Paper Company Ltd)

Newsgrafik #105670
 10.03.2014

Asia Pulp & Paper calls on NGOs, governments and businesses to collaborate to protect ...  (Company news)

...Indonesia’s forests

Company celebrates one year of its Forest Conservation Policy, setting out challenges to be tackled

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) launched its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) Anniversary Report with a call for NGOs, Governments and businesses to work together in an effort to help tackle deforestation in Indonesia.
On February 5th 2013, APP announced a permanent end to natural forest clearance across its entire supply chain through the introduction of its FCP. Covering over 2.6 million hectares of forest concessions, APP’s FCP represented a breakthrough moment for the global protection of natural forest. The commitment is the largest and most ambitious plan for the implementation of landscape level High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) principles in the world.
As HCV and HCS assessments are nearing completion, APP has begun the process of translating its findings into the Integrated Sustainable Forest Management Plans (ISFMPs), which will set out how the concessions will be run and preserved.
However, in developing these plans, the company has concluded that success in the long term will require commitment from many more of Indonesia’s forestry stakeholders.
Aida Greenbury, APP’s managing director of sustainability and stakeholder engagement, said: “We are creating management plans to ensure the viability of the 2.6 million hectares that our suppliers are responsible for. However, unless all of Indonesia’s land is properly managed too, then the forest landscape will continue to be at risk from further degradation.
“In 2014, we will finalise the largest integrated biodiversity and conservation assessments that have ever been conducted. From these assessments, we have discovered many opportunities and obstacles that we know cannot be realised or resolved by a single company.
“It is time for all parties to get active and start working together. The days of campaigning against businesses that have shown commitment to change the way they operate, as we have, should be brought to a conclusion. Now is the time to focus on the future and to develop solutions to the complex issues associated with forestry in Indonesia and to promote responsible practise.”
Scott Poynton, executive director of The Forest Trust, a non-profit organisation that is helping APP ensure its policy is translated into actual change on the ground, said: “One year in and we have a moratorium on forest clearance in all its suppliers that has proven to be effective. HCV and HCS forest assessments are being completed, a number of social conflicts are now solved, and there is real transparency in reporting progress against its policy.
“We understand that complete trust isn’t built in a day and not even in a single year, but the company is listening to concerns and is ready to continue to implement and improve its FCP implementation. APP is 100 per cent committed to zero deforestation."

As part of its one year anniversary, APP has set out the four key priorities for 2014 that must be addressed by broader industry to bring about zero deforestation. These are:
-Overlapping licenses – The issue of overlapping licenses needs to be resolved by all concerned parties if we are to develop a system for governing all concession holders in Indonesia.
-Community and land conflict issues – At times when the needs of communities are at odds with no-deforestation policies, an agreed and consistent way of managing the negotiation process should be developed.
-Landscape management – Landscape level conservation is vital to the preservation of peatland, the habitat of key species and protection against forest fires, all of which can span several concession areas of differing uses. A cross sector approach must therefore be developed to manage entire landscapes to ensure their long term viability.
-Market recognition – Policies that protect forests and peatland can only be economically viable if there is market recognition of their value. It is therefore important for the market to encourage companies to introduce and implement them.
(APP Asia Pulp & Paper Headquarter)

 

SMG/APP’s broken promise unchecked in Riau, Sumatra  (Company news)

Independent monitoring alleges the company’s wood supplier in Sumatra to violate APP’s forest conservation policy and clearance moratorium

Pekanbaru, Sumatra – Field investigation by Eyes on the Forest (EoF) found that a wood supplier to the Sinar Mas Group’s Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) cleared natural forest during the SMG/APP imposed forest clearance moratorium in Riau Province, Sumatra.
“This incident, as those reported by Kalimantan NGOs in March, occurred while APP and their consultant, The Forest Trust, were busy traveling the globe marketing the company’s new policy,” says Hariansyah Usman of WALHI Riau. “Important is what happens in the field, not what appears in marketing papers.”
Eyes on the Forest investigators observed excavators felling natural peat forest trees in PT Riau Indo Agropalma’s (RIA) concession in Kerumutan, habitat of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger. SMG/APP has yet to complete independent High Conservation Value, High Carbon Stock and peat expert studies for these concessions which the company has said are pre-requisite for restarting of any development operations.
“If SMG/APP is really serious about conservation, buyers would expect that APP priority step is to stop all and every deforestation and development action”, says Aditya Bayunanda of WWF Indonesia. “This supplier has cleared the last remaining forest in its concession, on deep peat soil in Sumatran tiger habitat without an independent HCV, HCS and peat assessments. Will APP and TFT once again claim that this was already privately agreed behind closed doors so is not a breach to the FCP commitments?”
On 7 May, TFT published its 2nd progress report on APP’s policy implementation up to mid-April, giving the general impression that the policy implementation and stakeholder engagement went successfully. Eleven Indonesian civil society groups who participated in various SMG/APP/TFT organized ‘focus group discussions’, clearly do not agree and pointed out many outstanding weaknesses of the policy, and its implementation and monitoring in an open letter to the company on 24 April 2013.
"NGOs’ findings clearly prove that APP is not implementing commitments it made”, says Muslim Rasyid of Jikalahari. “The violations show that APP is not genuinely committed to conservation and we fear the FCP campaign is just another greenwashing to the global market.”
“Eyes on the Forest recommends that buyers and other business partners of APP remain very cautious and not do business with the company,” says Hariansyah Usman of WALHI Riau. “We suggest people do not believe TFT as the ‘independent observer’ APP markets them to be.
TFT progress report cannot be believed without truly independent verification in the field.”
The company insists its mills can continue to accept and pulp natural forest timber that it claims was felled before the moratorium started, creating a loophole which suppliers may utilize to feed wood into the mills from new deforestation in violation of the policy. Reports by West Kalimantan NGOS and Eyes on the Forest on cutting of tropical forest in three independent suppliers’ concessions indicated concerns that freshly cleared timber may be "laundered" into pulp mills.

For further information please contact:
Muslim Rasyid, Jikalahari ph: +62 812 7637 233
Hariansyah Usman, WALHI Riau ph: +62 812 7669 9967
Nursamsu, WWF Indonesia, Riau-based ph: +62 812 7537 317
Afdhal Mahyuddin, EoF Editor ph: +62 813 8976 8248
(WWF International Paper Team)

 

Declaration of Commitment to Support Conservation of Tigers, Endangered Species  (Company news)

New tiger observation & protection enclosure opened in Riau as part of MOU between Asia Pulp & Paper and the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry Latest stage in partnership between public & private sectors to support conservation of endangered species in Indonesia

Jakarta, INDONESIA - January 17th 2011: The Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support conservation of endangered species like the Sumatran Tiger in Indonesia. agree on a series of public-private partnership principles to further enhance the protection of a number of endangered species in Indonesia, including Sumatran tigers and others.
The agreement, between Asia Pulp & Paper and the Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature
Conservation (PHKA) - which spearheads conservation efforts on behalf of the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry - includes provisions for more coordinated efforts in the areas of infrastructure development for the protection of key species, ongoing measures to successfully manage human-tiger conflict, and further educational initiatives aimed at communities in the areas where the animals are located.
To mark this announcement, a new observation and protection enclosure for tigers was inaugurated in Perawang, Riau province, Sumatra. The new 6x6 meters facility, which was built in cooperation with one of APP’s pulpwood suppliers in Riau, PT. Arara Abadi, allows for the protection, care and monitoring of tigers before they are released into the wild. As well as evaluating the tigers’ medical wellbeing, conservationists seek to ensure that the tigers are capable of surviving in the jungle before they are released.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by officials from the Ministry of Forestry and local Government,
conservationists, senior representatives of the Riau Natural Resources Conservation Agency, Indonesia Safari Park, The Sumatran Tiger Conservation Foundation (YPHS), as well as PT. Arara Abadi and APP personnel.
The latest tiger to be made ready to be returned to the wild is Bima, a two-year-old male that was rescued in Riau last October. Bima is scheduled to be released in the coming months. While in the observation and protection enclosure, his physical health and wellbeing have been regularly checked by veterinary experts from Taman Safari Indonesia.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony in Riau, Ir. Darori, MM, Director General of the Forest Protection and Nature Conservation, Ministry of Forestry, said: “This kind of public-private partnership will continue to be essential in supporting the conservation of endangered species in Indonesia. Private sector enterprises need to work hand in hand with Government to help protect the Sumatran tiger, as well as a range of other endangered species.”
The importance of public-private partnership in conservation of endangered species is also stressed by Dr. Ir. Bambang Novianto W., MSi, Director of Biodiversity Conservation, Ministry of Forestry. This partnership is an important step to help ensuring the success of the Government’s program to increase the population up to 3% in 2014 and also conserving the Sumatran Tiger in conservation areas (in-situ).
Leading conservationist Bastoni, of the Sumatran Tiger Conservation Foundation (YPHS), said: “As Sumatran tigers are still an extremely endangered species, it is essential that every possible step is taken to protect the welfare of those tigers that are released back into the forest. This observation and protection enclosure will become an important part of the release process for tigers that are rescued and have to be released into the wild.”
Aida Greenbury, Managing Director, Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement, APP, said: “Our vision is to support animal conservation programmes in Sumatra and elsewhere by helping to integrate conservation landscapes for the lasting protection of Sumatran tigers and other endangered species. We work closely with our suppliers, the Government and other stakeholders to engage with a wide range of conservation programmes, not just focused on tigers, but on other animals, including orangutans and the Javan rhino.”
Tony Sumampau, Director, Indonesia Safari Park said: “It is important that local communities and other members of the wider public understand that tigers like Bima need to be protected before being released, and are not being held for public display. The purpose of the observation and protection enclosure is to carry out the final stages of monitoring and preparation for tigers, to ensure they are in prime condition and can survive by themselves, before being finally released into the wild.”
The signing of the MOU is the latest stage in APP’s ongoing commitment to the conservation of endangered animal species in Indonesia, especially the Sumatran tiger. In August 2011, APP worked with one of its suppliers, PT Sumber Hijau Permai, and the Sumatran Tiger Conservation Foundation (YPHS) on the successful release into the wild of a tiger named Putri, that had been previously involved in human-tiger conflict.
For more information about Asia Pulp & Paper’s sustainability and conservation initiatives please visit www.rainforestrealities.com.
(APP Asia Pulp & Paper Headquarter / Sinar Mas Group)

 

APP-China expands sustainability commitment  (Company news)

APP’s environmental investment in China has increased to $869 million

APP-China has published its latest sustainability report covering its operations in 2010 . The report aims to keep stakeholders informed of its policies, management, actions, and performance in sustainability throughout resources integration, operation efficiency maximization, and further CSR efforts to seek a balance between environmental, economic, and social development.

APP-China’s 2010 sustainability report adopted all of the core and complementary indices of B+ level of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines Version 3.1. In this report, APP-China also adopted the ISO26000 Guidelines on Social Responsibility set by the International Organization of Standardization for the first time.

The report was certified by the leading independent auditor SGS-CSTC Standard Technical Service Co. Limited (SGS) to ensure inclusiveness, materiality and completeness. APP-China also commissioned Det Norske Veritas (DNV) to conduct an independent study on perceptions, expectations and recommendations for APP’s key stakeholders. Waste and discharge of products were found be top concerns, and thus APP chose to specifically highlight this part of information in its latest sustainability report.

In 2010, APP-China continually improved its efficiency in resource and water management, the proportion of by-products recycled, whilst decreasing industrial waste.

Key report findings include: (The data disclosed below refers to the sum of those entities specified in the scope of the report)

 Water management: Water consumption, wastewater discharge and COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand) emissions per product unit all decreased in 2010. APP-China achieved an average rate of 95.9% on its water reuse rate. Hainan Gold Hongye/Hainan Gold Shengpu both carried out water balance analysis, and improved their recycle and reuse rates which increased to 98.5%. The two mills intend to continue their efforts to build a zero-wastewater-discharge system.

 Energy management: In comparison to 2009, the use of black liquor and bio fuel increased by 19% and natural gas increased by 48.9%, which is the equivalent of 290,000 tonnes of coal.

 Recycled paper: Pulp produced from reused and recycled paper has reached 579,900 tonnes, equalling 16.4% of APP-China’s total pulp consumption in 2010. The ratio of collected paper pulp used as raw material was 33% and 50% respectively for Ningbo Zhonghua and Ningbo Asia Pulp & Paper. Recycling not only saved raw material, water and energy, but also reduced waste discharge.

 Employment opportunities: In 2010 APP-China provided 28,552 job opportunities and generated further jobs for the local community through industries such as logistics.

 Volunteer work: In 2010 APP-China employees spent 45,116 hours on volunteering work. This figure has increased by almost 50% since 2009.

2010 marked a significant year for the paper industry in China as it recovered from a global financial crisis, and continued to grow rapidly. APP-China has achieved a total sales turnover of 5.99 billion USD, 10% more than in 2009. During the year, APP-China also continued its sustainability pledge - “Paper Contract with China” manifesto, making its total environmental investment over 869 million USD to-date.

Mr. Teguh Ganda Wijaya, Chair-man & CEO of APP-China, said: “In the light of intensified market competition, the integration of strategies and resources will be crucial to APP-China’s sustainable development in the next three to five years. Given the global environmental changes and the National Twelfth Five Year Plan , APP-China will look into product life cycle to leverage our integrated plantation-pulp-paper model, and continue to make improvements on the efficient use of resources and promote a recycle economy with sustainable development.
(APP Asia Pulp & Paper Headquarter / Sinar Mas Group)

 

Steigende Recyclingquoten in Indonesiens Papierindustrie  (Firmennews)

Abfallwirtschaft expandiert mit Produktionausweitung / Wachsender Bedarf an neuer Technologie / Von Necip Bagoglu

Trotz der im Land reichlich verfügbaren Waldressourcen spielt Altpapier bei der Produktion der indonesischen Papierindustrie eine wichtige Rolle. Bisher war ein erheblicher Teil der Papiererzeugung für den Export bestimmt. Analysten vermuten,dass wegen der steigenden lokalen Nachfrage künftig ein höherer Anteil im Inland abgesetzt wird. Hierdurch könnten sowohl der Einsatz von Altpapier als auch die Nachfrage nach Recycling-Technologien zunehmen.
Der Einsatz von Altpapier und Recycling-Technologien werden in den bevorstehenden Jahren in der Versorgung Indonesiens mit Papiererzeugnissen eine wachsende Bedeutung erlangen. Der steigende Papierverbrauch, das zunehmende Bewusstsein für den Schutz der tropischen Regenwälder und die vermehrten Nutzungsmöglichkeiten von Recyclingpapier in vielen Bereichen führen dazu, dass die Altpapierverwertung als sinnvolle Alternative vorangetrieben wird. Auf diesem Weg soll auch die hemmungslose Rodung der Wälder zur Gewinnung von Zellstoff aus Holzfasern für die Papierherstellung bekämpft werden.
Unterstützt von den umfangreichen Waldressourcen des Landes expandierte Indonesiens Papierindustrie bereits seit Anfang der 1990er Jahre kräftig, so dass der Inselstaat in den letzten zwei Jahrzehnten zu einem bedeutenden Produzenten und Exporteur von Papier und Papierzellstoff aufstieg. Die indonesischen Ausfuhren von Papier und Pappe unter der SITC-Kategorie 64 erreichten 2009 (2008) einen Wert von umgerechnet 3.380,2 (3.806,0) Mio. US$. Die Brancheneinfuhren lagen mit 886,4 (879,8) Mio. $ weit darunter.
Nach Schätzungen des Beratungsunternehmens Pöyry Forest Industry Consulting wurden in Indonesien im Jahr 2008 insgesamt 9,5 Mio. t Papier produziert. Dieser Zahl stand ein inländischer Verbrauch von nur 6,0 Mio. t gegenüber. Mehr als ein Drittel der Produktion geht in den Export. Im Bereich von Druck- und Schreibpapier erreicht die Exportquote gar mehr als 60%, während bei Packpapier der Ausfuhranteil nur circa 5% beträgt. In der letztgenannten Zahl sind jedoch die Papierverpackungen an anderen Exportprodukten nicht enthalten.
Die Papierindustrie des Landes wird von einer kleinen Zahl von Großunternehmen dominiert. Die zehn größten Hersteller vereinen 83% der gesamten Produktion auf sich. Der größte Produzent ist die Sinar Mas-Gruppe, die 46% der gesamten Produktionskapazitäten besitzt. Die größten unter dem Dach dieser Gruppe arbeitenden Firmen sind PT Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper (Jahreskapazität für Papier und Zellstoff von je 2 Mio. t), PT Pindo Deli Pulp & Paper (1,4 Mio. t Papier) und PT Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi Kimia (1,1 Mio. t Papier). Ein weiteres wichtiges Unternehmen der Papierbranche ist PT Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper (2 Mio. t Zellstoff, 450.000 t Papier).
Die Papierherstellung konzentriert sich auf die Inseln Sumatra und Java. Während auf Sumatra vor allem Papier aus frischen Holzfasern gewonnen wird, findet auf Java ein umfangreicher Einsatz von Altpapier für das Recycling statt. Obwohl das Land über reichliche Waldreserven für die Gewinnung von Zellstoff aus Holzfasern verfügt, stellt Altpapier mehr als die Hälfte des Ausgangsmaterials für die Papiererzeugung dar. Der Einsatz von nicht aus Wäldern stammenden Fasern, wie Bagasse, Stroh und Bambus, ist gering. Das Altpapier wird in erster Linie bei der Herstellung von Packpapier und Zeitungsdruckpapier verwendet.
Etwa 40% der rund 5 Mio. t Altpapier, das in lokalen Papierfabriken zum Einsatz kommt, werden eingeführt. Laut Außenhandelsstatistik der Vereinten Nationen (UN Comtrade) importierte Indonesien 2009 (2008) Abfälle von Papier und Pappe zur Wiedergewinnung (HS 4707) im Wert von insgesamt 323,1 (515,9) Mio. $. Großbritannien war 2009 größter Altpapierlieferant Indonesiens. Fast die Hälfte dieser Lieferungen bestand aus alten Zeitungen und Zeitschriften. Mehr als 60% der indonesischen Altpapiereinfuhren kamen aus Europa. Andere wichtige Lieferländer waren die USA, Singapur und Australien. Die Importe von Altpapier wie auch von anderen Materialien für das Recycling unterliegen seit Mitte 2009 strikten Inspektionen, die von ermächtigten internationalen Gesellschaften durchgeführt werden.
Die Quote im Papier-Recycling blieb in den letzten fünf Jahren mit knapp 50% nahezu unverändert. Fast das gesamte gewonnene Altpapier kommt aus Jakarta, Bandung und Surabaya. Obwohl die inländische Altpapiersammlung wegen der breiten geographischen Verteilung sowie der Defizite in der Abfallwirtschaft mit gewissen Schwierigkeiten verbunden ist und regierungsseitig keine offiziellen Ziele gesetzt wurden, wird für die kommenden Jahre mit einer steigenden Recycling-Rate gerechnet, zumal die lokale Beschaffung mit geringeren Kosten verbunden ist als Importe.
Aufgrund der steigenden einheimischen Nachfrage nach Papierprodukten aus verschiedenen Bereichen rechnen Fachleute für die kommenden Jahre mit einer wachsenden Papiererzeugung, die nach Voraussagen von Pöyry Forest Industry Consulting im Jahre 2020 eine Höhe von 13,7 Mio. t erreichen könnte. Dabei dürfte sich der Anteil an Recycling-Papier weiter erhöhen und schätzungsweise 8,2 Mio. t erreichen. Gleichzeitig wird ein Anstieg der inländischen Papier-Recycling-Rate auf 61% prognostiziert. Parallel zum Anstieg der lokalen Altpapiersammlung und -verwertung dürfte sich das Wachstum der Altpapierimporte verlangsamen.
Quelle: Germany Trade and Invest – Gesellschaft für Außenwirtschaft und Standortmarketing mbH
(bvse-Bundesverband Sekundärrohstoffe und Entsorgung e.V.)