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30% reduction in carbon footprint
Doing more with less, so that our products go further, with minimal waste.
APP Sinar Mas Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2030 will continue to seek improvements to produce products with less environmental footprint by reducing production emissions, and the intensity. To achieve this, we are implementing measures in our production facilities, improve processes in order to reduce energy intensity, water intensity and solid waste making its way to landfill, as well as continuing product innovations that will respond not only to market demands but also towards protecting the environment.
As part of our commitment to support the Government of Indonesia carbon reduction target, APP has conducted carbon inventory exercises in our forest supply chain as well as our production process.
Products & Productions
All of our production facilities are certified with the industry standards and in line with the needs of the pulp and paper industry, it is also able to meet the customers’ need for quality products
At APP, we understand that our products provide the opportunity to support our customers in achieving their sustainability goals and play a role in the global circular economy. Using only responsibly sourced, recyclable and renewable fibre, we aim to utilise increasing amounts of renewable energy and to minimise energy, water and waste intensities. We also aim to increase the range of products where we can demonstrate their low environmental footprint, and can offer alternatives to plastic based products.
A key focus at all of our mills is energy efficiency. Generating energy on site makes the most impact on our direct CO2 emissions. We use renewable fuels as much as possible, except for when it is not technically or commercially feasible. We have significantly reduced fossil fuel use at our integrated pulp and paper mills by utilising biofuel waste streams. The majority fuel of our integrated pulp & paper mills are renewable fuels, supplemented predominantly with coal and natural gas. 6% of our emissions are attributed to the purchase of energy.
Our energy intensity decreased 1.8% by the end of 2020 compared to a 2018 baseline, against our Vision 2030 target of 25%. By the end of 2020, we achieved a carbon intensity reduction of 13% compared to 2018 baseline, against a target of 30% in 2030. This was achieved predominantly by replacing fossil fuels with renewable fuels for energy generation. 59% of our energy needs are generated from renewable fuels, compared to 49% in our 2012 baseline year. This represents an increase of over 65 million GJ of energy generated from renewable sources.
Moving forward, we are seeking to find more opportunities to generate energy from renewable fuel sources to fulfill our goals as well as identifying other opportunities and new technologies to further reduce our energy intensity.
Water is a vital resource for our operations. We are constantly striving to reduce our water consumption through the use of the latest technology and initiatives. We apply the same ‘3R’ strategy to the resource of water as we do materials—reduce, reuse, and recycle. At the end of 2020, we had achieved a water intensity reduction of 8%, as compared to a 2018 baseline.
We also recognize that our responsibility to protect local water sources at all our mill sites. Therefore, we control our water intake and ensure that our water-discharge meets the highest environmental standards before it is returned to source.
Looking ahead, we will continue to invest in appropriate technology and process optimisation to further reduce the water usage intensity in our operation.
We are committed to minimising waste and maximising the opportunities to reuse waste materials through the ‘3R’ strategy—reduce, reuse, and recycle. This strategy helps us to maximise the value of resources at each life cycle stage.
The majority of our waste is generated through onsite power production and the pulp and paper making process. To increase our energy efficiency, we turn byproducts such as black liquor, bark, and other residues into energy sources to replace the use of fossil fuels at our integrated pulp and paper mills. Furthermore, this means these by-products are diverted from landfill, which along with their use for the generation of power, and reduces the carbon footprint of our mills significantly.
Working closely with local governments, who issue the waste handling licenses we require to reuse a waste stream, we continue to look for suitable technologies or partners to provide us with such opportunities. We attempt to utilize our waste streams to produce value-added products such as bricks, pavement blocks and fertilizer for our forestry operation. In 2020, the amount of solid waste going to landfill was reduced by 47% compared to 2010, against a target of 25%.
Our next big goal is to achieve zero solid waste to landfill. Our strategy to achieve this is through process improvement, as well as managing our waste under the circular economy concept, which may include installing new technologies.
Key to our vision looking ahead to 2030 is increasing our products biodegradability as well as the resource efficiency during the production process. This strategy is done to cater to the shifting concern of the market, particularly on plastic waste and resource scarcity.
Positioning paper as a substitute to plastic has been a key focus in our product development and innovation. Currently most of the paper-based packaging for food and drink in the market use plastic-based (PE) coating to ensure strength and durability. However, this PE coating is difficult to recycle and is not biodegradable. To address this, our product development team continue research for coating materials that enable the products to be biodegradable and easily recyclable, while at the same time maintaining the durability of the product when in use.
To further improve our resource efficiency, we are also looking into a more efficient use of virgin fiber in our products. This will be done in two-pronged approach, one of which is to increase the recycled content in our products, but still maintaining the product performance quality of those made from virgin fiber. The other approach is to reduce the use of virgin fiber in the products, while still also maintaining the existing product performance.
This move further support our goal to position paper products as one of the solutions to address the global environmental issue.
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