17 Nov 2020 – The APRIL Group, a leading manufacturer in the paper and pulp industry in Indonesia and a proponent of sustainable forest management, has today announced wide ranging climate commitments it seeks to achieve by 2030. The APRIL Group, a Tropical Forest Alliance Partner, presented its commitments today as part of its APRIL2030 Plan. to deliver a positive impact on climate, nature and people while growing as a sustainable producer of renewable fiber-based products.
The plan aims to achieve net zero emissions from land use, carbon emissions reductions in their production processes, measurable gains in nature, and zero extreme poverty in their communities – while transforming their business for sustainable growth. It also aims to support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals at the national level in Indonesia, as well as at village level in the province of Riau.
In launching the APRIL2030 Plan, APRIL Group Director Anderson Tanoto, Chairman Bey Soo Khiang, and President, Praveen Singhavi, said:
“Reflecting on the lessons of the past decade, we all know that addressing the greatest challenges of our time requires collective action. We fully believe that only by working in the field with the communities and local stakeholders can we gain a genuine understanding of their realities, and together develop practical solutions and drive lasting change. We need to harness our passion beyond advocacy and towards the pursuit of pragmatic solutions on the ground. Only by challenging our own positions and being open to working together can we turn this period into a decade of action for all.”
The APRIL2030 Plan includes the following commitments::
- Achieving net zero emissions from land use
- Reducing product carbon emissions intensity by 25%
- Sourcing most of our energy needs from renewables and cleaner energy
- Investing in the protection, conservation and restoration of nature through our production-protection approach, guaranteeing millions of dollars per year of funding for nature
- Ensuring zero net loss of protected areas, while achieving measurable gains in biodiversity and other ecosystem benefits
- Achieving zero extreme poverty in our communities, boosting education, improving access to essential healthcare and championing equal opportunity for women
- Advancing tropical peatland science by contributing to global knowledge and best practice
- Embracing circularity in our business, including sourcing up to 20% of our cellulosic fiber for viscose from recycled textiles
Outlining these commitments, the company also announced a number of concrete initiatives to support their delivery:
Extended Commitment to Forest Conservation and Restoration: As the company strives to meet its pledge to conserve a hectare of forest for every hectare of plantation (1 for 1), it is extending its commitment on conservation and restoration to also support other initiatives through partnerships and collaboration. Going forward, they will set aside funding per tonne of fiber used in production that will guarantee about $10 million per year for investment in nature.
Supporting Wildlife Protection:
Related to targets on forest protection and biodiversity gains, the company will support wildlife protection and conservation in Indonesia, including endangered species, through partnerships and collaboration, and they are in advanced discussions for a cooperation on this important area with the Wildlife Conservation Society. This is in addition to the ongoing work on conservation and restoration with long-time partner Fauna & Flora International.
Tropical Peatland Science Hub: Their Restorasi Ekosistem Riau (RER) project has been steadily progressing, protecting 150,693 ha of peatland forests that are home to more than 700 species and store at least 688 million tonnes of carbon. They’ve completed the establishment of a new Eco-Research Camp on the Kampar Peninsula that will serve as a tropical peatland science hub for national and international scientists and academics, and also for stakeholders who wish to experience ecosystem restoration work on the ground.
20MW solar panels by 2025: To immediately kick off their shift to renewable energy sources, as part of their commitment to reduce our carbon emissions, they will be installing 20MW solar panels in their mill and fiber operations starting in 2021. When completed in 2025, this will be one of the largest, private sector, solar panel installations in Indonesia.