"We have made it our policy to follow the industry's best practices pertaining to the conservation of forests with large carbon stores," said APRIL Group Sustainability Director Petrus Gunarso. "We are ready to begin the work of defining what those practices should be in collaboration with other stakeholders."
APRIL Group said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Netherlands based IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative, to help identify High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests - areas with exceptionally large amounts of stored carbon. It's envisioned that HCS forests will be protected from harvesting to prevent the release of greenhouse gasses.
Defining forest carbon standards is part of the initiative. APRIL Group will participate with other industry players, NGOs and government representatives.
Forests naturally store carbon, the quantity depending on the kind of vegetation. HCS measurement standards are intended to steer development to low carbon stock areas to increase land productivity and the absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. APRIL Group has stated that it will abide by those standards once they've gained broad industry acceptance.
APRIL Group pledged to help identify HCS standards as part of a Sustainable Forest Management Policy announced last January. The company operates forest plantations on the Indonesian island of Sumatra to furnish wood for its pulp and paper mill.
APRIL Group has volunteered to participate in a pilot project to measure carbon footprints in its forest concessions.
Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) is a leading producer of fibre, pulp and paper with manufacturing operations in Kerinci, Riau Province, Indonesia. APRIL has been a pioneer in implementing sustainability practices in the pulp and paper industry in Indonesia.