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COP21 Roundup: Schneider Electric, Acciona, BMW, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Elon Musk

As the COP21 climate change conference in Paris enters its second and final week, businesses and government leaders are increasing their calls for a climate deal and initiating new programs to limit global warming. Here are some of the recent announcements: The Compact of States and Regions, a reporting mechanism … Read more »

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APP to Retire Commercial Plantations to Cut Carbon Emissions

Asia Pulp and Paper Group has committing to retire around 7,000 hectares of commercial plantation areas to protect threatened carbon-rich peatlands. The company says this is the first time that plantations on tropical peatland have been retired for conservation purposes worldwide. Retiring these plantation areas will help support the government … Read more »

Report: 30% of Indonesian Wood from Illegal Sources

Report: 30% of Indonesian Wood from Illegal Sources

More than 30 percent of wood used by Indonesia’s industrial forest sector, which provides the US, Europe and beyond with paper products, stems from the unreported clear-cutting of natural forests and other illegal sources, according to a study. The report, by the Anti Forest-Mafia Coalition and Forest Trends, also finds … Read more »

The Business Case for Ending Deforestation

The Business Case for Ending Deforestation

About 90 percent of companies see opportunities in shifting to sustainably sourcing key forest-risk commodities, according to a CDP report that makes the business case for ridding supply chains of deforestation. The major driver of global deforestation comes from the demand for four critical agricultural commodities — cattle products, palm … Read more »

Obama at Climate Summit

Climate Summit Roundup: Obama, Carbon Pricing, Anti-Deforestation Pledge

Major companies and counties across the globe committed to cut emissions and advance a low-carbon economy at yesterday’s UN Climate Summit. Pledges include: President Obama said the US will meet its 17 percent emissions reduction target by 2020, compared to 2005 levels. The US will release a new target next … Read more »

APP to Restore 1M Hectares of Forest

Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP) today announced a plan to restore and support the conservation of 1 million hectares of rainforest across Indonesia. The commitment, developed with WWF, Greenpeace and NGO members of APP’s Solutions Working Group, takes the company beyond its legal conservation requirements and is approximately equivalent … Read more »

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Greenpeace: APP Making Progress on Forest Conservation Pledge

Asia Pulp and Paper Group, one of the largest paper producers in the world, is serious about its pledge to end the clearing of natural forests, according to a progress review of the company’s Forest Conservation Policy. Greenpeace International, a long-time critic of APP and the organization that conducted the … Read more »

Yum! Brands Sets Paper Purchasing Goal

Yum! Brands Sets Paper Purchasing Goal

Yum! Brands, parent company of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, has set a goal of purchasing paper-based packaging with fiber from responsibly managed forests and recycled sources. The company says it will publish a detailed procurement policy with public targets to achieve its sustainable paper goals by 2014. In … Read more »

MeadWestvaco Chooses American Tree Farm System, Root: 1 Wine Partners with American Forests

Packaging and packaging materials supplier MeadWestvaco Corporation has said it will give purchasing preference to certified wood supplies – specifically wood that is certified under the American Tree Farm System. The company currently certifies its forestlands under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and also seeks to purchase wood fiber from responsible … Read more »

WWF Lobs Deforestation Charges, Asia Pulp & Paper Fights Back

Asia Pulp & Paper today released a report that says it has not violated its zero-deforestation policy. The report investigates allegations made last month that two of APP’s suppliers were clearing natural forest in West Kalimantan Province on the island of Borneo and comes a day after analysis published by … Read more »

APP to Stop Cutting Rainforest

Asia Pulp and Paper Group, one of the largest paper producers in the world, announced it would stop clearing natural forests across its supply chains in Indonesia, accelerating a pledge to use only trees from plantations by 2015. APP, a unit of Sinar Mas Group, said in its new Forest … Read more »

Sustainable Food & Beverage Packaging: From Recycling to Supply Chain

Paper is an important component in many food and beverage packaging containers—and is the base material for everything from boxes, to inserts, to labels. Incorporating recycled content into food and beverage packaging is one way to be “green,” but today, a company’s commitment to green should transcend recycling, and should … Read more »