Saturday, November 28th, 2009 - APP
November 27th 2009, Jakarta: Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) today noted the concerns of Greenpeace surrounding the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and urged Western NGOs including Greenpeace to take a responsible and constructive approach towards long term sustainable economic development in Indonesia.

Earlier this week Greenpeace activists conveyed their message urging Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper Mill (IKPP), one of Asia Pulp & Paper’s production facilities, to take further action in tackling global climate change issues. IKPP's operation, located in Perawang in Riau Province, Indonesia, continued to function as normal, without disruption, throughout the Greenpeace activity.

We understand their concerns regarding the need to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, APP’s facilities have implemented emission reduction efforts since 2007. APP engaged UK based Environmental Resource Management (ERM) to conduct an independent Carbon Footprint assessment. And, we are currently using the results to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in each of our production facilities, to monitor APPs current footprint, and to calculate the full lifecycle of our products.

In terms of the protection of biodiversity and deep peat forests, in line with the Government of Indonesia’s policies related to the protection of high conservation value forest, we share Greenpeace’s objectives. In Riau province, our pulpwood supplier allocates around 180,000 hectares (close to the size of Greater London) purely for conservation purposes. Among these are the UNESCO Man & Biosphere Program supported Giam Siak Kecil Biosphere Reserve and a deep peat conservation forest in Kampar Peninsula. All of our conservation efforts are based on science and multi eco-socio assessments.

According to an independent auditor, our conservation forest in Giam Siak Kecil alone stores a massive amount of carbon and helps to provide the world with much needed oxygen.

As stated by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: “In the long term, a sustainable forest management strategy aimed at maintaining or increasing forest carbon stocks while producing an annual sustained yield of fiber from the forest will generate the largest sustained mitigation itself.”

We respect calls from Greenpeace and would like to use this opportunity to call for a responsible and open dialogue.

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Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) today noted the concerns of Greenpeace surrounding the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and urged Western NGOs including Greenpeace to take a responsible and constructive approach towards sustainable economic development.

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