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Asia Pulp & Paper joins ‘Road to Paris' initiative to remove commodity-driven deforestation from supply chain

PKBR Staff Writer Published 21 September 2015

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has joined CDP’s ‘Road to Paris' initiative, which is aimed at endorsing a global timeline to reduce natural forest loss in half by 2020, and to completely end it by 2030.

The CDP and the We Mean Business initiative calls for companies to strive for low carbon economy to secure sustainable economic growth.

APP, along with other members of the initiative, will call for a universal climate agreement ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris in December.

The companies intend to remove commodity-driven deforestation from their supply chains which accounts for close to 15% of the world's green house gas emissions.

They will work on the sustainable production of agricultural commodities such as soy, palm oil, leather, beef, timber, and pulp.

APP, which has already implemented its zero deforestation commitment across its supply chains in February 2013, now commits to the 'Removing Deforestation' pillar of the 'Road to Paris' initiative.

Commenting on the initiative, APP sustainability managing director Aida Greenbury said: "As a signatory to the 'Road to Paris' initiative, we have demonstrated our continued commitment to protecting the world's remaining forests.

"Ambitious targets such as zero deforestation can be agreed to, implemented and achieved by global companies, many of those operating in emerging economies. Our view is that wherever a company is involved in the forest supply chain, they should be committing to fight climate change and deforestation.

"We look forward to working with CDP and the We Mean Business Coalition to help spread this message during Climate Week in New York as well as the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December."

In August this year, APP announced plans to phase out around 7,000 hectares of commercial plantation in order to protect carbon-rich peatlands in Indonesia.