APRIL Reports Progress with Long Term Sustainability Targets

Leading pulp and paper producer APRIL Group recently reported significant progress with its long term sustainability commitments in the year since their launch. The company, which has substantial plantation and manufacturing operations in Indonesia, has committed to achieve a range of ambitious targets by 2030.

Launched in November 2020, the company’s APRIL2030 commitments include 18 specific targets across four connected areas: Climate Positive, Thriving Landscapes, Inclusive Progress and Sustainable Growth.

These include targets for zero emissions from land use and 25% less product carbon emissions, further empowerment of communities through initiatives in healthcare, education and equal opportunities for women, and a continued focus on circularity to drive sustainable business growth.

Praveen Singhavi, President, APRIL Group, said: “Across Asia, we are seeing many businesses making real progress to decarbonise operations and supply chains. We want to continue to show that it is possible for private sector companies from developing economies to show leadership in tacking the world’s climate and development challenges through close partnerships with Government and stakeholders and sustained investment in science and technology. ”

Highlights over the last year included the implementation of the first phase of a solar panel installation project with the commissioning of a 1-megawatt solar panel at the company’s operational site in Riau province, in Sumatra, Indonesia. This will eventually form part of a 20-megawatt solar panel installation to be completed by 2025. APRIL also launched two electric buses at its operations in September, supporting lower-carbon employee commuting on site.

To support its commitment to inclusive progress, the company expanded its educational support to cover 172 schools, including a number beyond a 50km radius of its operations. To further progress its focus on sustainable growth, APRIL rolled out a range of specific new projects to reduce water use and increase the recycling of wastewater.

In addition, the company made progress with assessments of pre-consumer textile waste sourced from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Indonesia to be recycled in cellulosic fiber, as part of its commitment to the integration of circular business practices across the company’s operations.

Conservation and protection of biodiversity is a key element of APRIL’s 2030 commitments. In 2021, the company began using the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool or SMART tool, which was developed by the World Conservation Society, to help identify risks to wildlife and to further protect biodiversity in its concession areas.

In the company’s APRIL2030 Progress Update, Lucita Jasmin, Director of Sustainability & External Affairs, APRIL Group noted that, while there remains much to do through to 2030, APRIL has established a strong foundation through its efforts during 2021.

“With APRIL2030, we became one of the first Indonesian companies in any sector to commit to net zero emissions from land use and joined a global community of progressive companies working to achieve a positive impact on climate, nature and people with a sense of urgency and ambition. In 2021 we delivered progress through vision, collaboration and partnership and we are committed to maintaining this momentum in 2022 and beyond,” she said.

The company briefed a number of its key customers and partners on the continued implementation of its APRIL2030 commitments at summit for partners held in Dubai. The summit was arranged in the Indonesia Pavilion of EXPO 2020 and was attended by 44 representatives from 40 companies, who were updated the continued integration by APRIL of best practices in sustainability across its operations.

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