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Deforestation in Indonesia. Photo: Rainforest Action Network.
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Pulp and paper giant - end deforestation!

The Ecologist

20th January 2014

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development has warned APRIL, Indonesia's second largest pulp and paper company: end your massive deforestation or you will be expelled.

Given APRIL's recent heavy dependence on rainforest fibre, Greenpeace has serious concerns about APRIL's commitment to a zero deforestation policy ...

APRIL now has a year to comply with the WBCSD edict, and prove that it has ended its role in deforestation. Its membership of WBCSD - a coalition of some 200 international companies committed to sustainability - is on formal probation.

Its membership of the WBCSD's Forest Solutions Group (FSG) has already been suspended.

WBCSD has also recommended that "APRIL consider transferring membership to its parent company - the [Royal Golden Eagle] RGE Group - covering all its various operating units; including prospects of aligning RGE's other forest industry operations with the FSG membership principles."

60% of April's pulp is from felled rainforest

Recent government data reveal that 60% of fibre supply to APRIL's pulp mill in Indonesia is rainforest wood. Confidential data indicate that in 2012, APRIL suppliers planned to clear some 60,000 hectares of rainforest - equivalent to 230 football pitches a day.

Greenpeace wrote to the WBCSD in February 2013 urging them to suspend APRIL's membership given the company's current position as Indonesia's lead driver of deforestation for pulp. It has since provided additional evidence on APRIL and its sister companies within the RGE conglomerate.

RGE is controlled by Indonesian business tycoon, Mr Sukanto Tanoto, whose other companies include Toba Pulp Lestari, Asian Agri, Asian Symbol and Sateri.

"It's time for APRIL to take this threat seriously and finally implement an immediate moratorium on all further forest clearance. If companies like APP can, then what is APRIL waiting for?" said Phil Aikman, Senior Campaigner at Greenpeace. But he added:

"Given APRIL's recent heavy dependence on rainforest fibre, Greenpeace has serious concerns about APRIL's commitment to a zero deforestation policy and any ambition it may have to become 100% reliant on plantation fibre.

"Greenpeace will continue to expose APRIL and RGE's role in forest destruction and cut through the game of smoke and mirrors the company is playing with its customers."

Horrible history

APRIL claims it will stop clearing areas of rainforests by the end of 2014, however the company has a long history of failing to meet such targets.

In 2003, APRIL claimed that "by 2008/9 APRIL's tree plantations will be supporting all of the pulp mill's requirement for 2 million tons of pulp production."

In 2010 APRIL stated that "we plan to complete the fibre plantation for this area within the next two years."

 

 

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