Asia Pulp & Paper joins deforestation programme

29 September 2015

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has signed up to a commitment to fight climate change through a CDP programme.

CDP - formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project - works with shareholders and corporations to disclose greenhouse gas emissions. APP has joined its 'Road to Paris' initiative to combat climate change and will be able to disclose its progress through the CDP reporting mechanism.

APP is signing up to the 'Removing Deforestation' pillar of the initiative, which involves removing commodity-driven deforestation from all supply chains by 2020.

APP itself implemented a zero deforestation commitment across its supply chains in February 2013.

Sara Law, vice president of global initiatives at CDP, said addressing deforestation in supply chains was a crucial way to abate climate change, protect watersheds and conserve biodiversity.

“We are excited to lead this initiative as part of CDP’s role in the 'We Mean Business Coalition'. We hope to continue this important climate change initiative through Paris and beyond,” she said.

Last year, APP joined the United Nations New York Declaration on Forests, which aims to cut natural forest loss in half by 2020, and end it by 2030.

Aida Greenbury, APP managing director of sustainability, said: “Our view is that wherever a company is involved in the forest supply chain, they should be committing to fight climate change and deforestation."

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