The Producer Is Addressing the Pollution Originated by the Chemical Substances Used During the MMCF Production Process. It Has Joined a Credible Initiative That Advances Solutions on Chemical Management.
The producer is implementing, for all of its sites, pollution control technologies to limit their impact, developing an approach for the recovery of substances used or generated during the production of MMCF.
In the future, criteria will be built out by ZDHC to apply V2.0 of ZDHC MMCF Guidelines, including air emissions and responsible fibre production.
Key Improvements Required
APR is well positioned, as part of the RGE consortium, to advocate internally for meaningful change in the practices of its majority suppliers to address identified risks, including encouraging APRIL to:
- Prioritize the integration and sourcing of Next Generation Solution technologies and feedstocks while reducing the input of high-carbon peatland-sourced fibre and other controversial supply sources;
- Undertake Landscape Level Planning, identifying priority areas for restoration and connectivity, through the engagement of credible independent scientists and in collaboration with local communities and rights-holders
- Implement concrete and effective measures to remediate or provide restitution for the company’s legacy of adverse social and environmental impacts, including resolving conflict with traditional and local communities;
- Increase restoration commitments across its operational land base beyond the current 1:1 ratio, incorporating science-based targets more appropriate for tropical rainforest ecosystems
APR can also:
- Encourage transparency regarding APRIL’s planned production expansion, in particular open sharing of detailed information on long-term fibre supply
- Ensure all suppliers and their supply partners are not associated with the conversion of natural forests to plantations;
- Prioritize the integration and sourcing of Next Generation Solution technologies and feedstocks for future expansion plans and new suppliers; and
- Accelerate the use of Next Generation fibre solutions in order to meet or exceed the target of production being 50% Next Gen by 2030.
Areas where the company is showing leadership
APR continues to invest in and support Next Generation Fibre research and its Hot Button ranking increased slightly between 2021 and 2022.
- APR has engaged in dialogue with Canopy and customer brands about reducing the risks currently associated with its sourcing, although its primary supplier and parent company has yet to implement necessary measures.
- Increased fibre sourcing transparency with a web-based tracking system for its product. The tool traces bales of fibre from concession-holder and plantation region to mill, then port. This will position them well, if and when they are able to eliminate all controversial fibre from their supply chain.
- States it is collaborating with Trus Trace to develop traceability from plantation to market.
- Engaged with RGE and key supplier APRIL to support conservation initiatives in the critically important Leuser Ecosystem, including having signed a collaborative MoU with a local conservation organization in Aceh province, undertaken mapping and analysis, and communicated with the provincial government.
- With APR’s encouragement, RGE/APRIL committed to not sourcing from Intact Forest Landscapes.
- Supported the call for protecting 30% of the world’s Ancient and Endangered Forests by 2030, in a letter from MMCF producers to countries that are party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Next Generation Solutions:
- APR has established an automated pilot plant to test Next Generation fibre inputs and blends and is investing in R&D into pre-and post-consumer waste fibre sourcing.
- In 2022, parent company RGE launched a five-year, $6-million Research Centre project to develop new technologies for textile recycling, in partnership with Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
Number of viscose, lyocell and dissolving pulp mills + location and production volumes
Asia Pacific Rayon (APR) opened its mill in 2019 in Kerinci, Riau, Sumatra, Indonesia.
- Current production capacity is 217 724 tonnes of viscose staple fibre, which APR plans to double to 544,311 tonnes by 2023.
In 2020, Asia Pacific Yarn was opened, adjacent to and sourcing VSF from APR.