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APRIL Group: Restorasi Ekosistem Riau (RER)

The Indonesia Net Zero Summit: Industrial Decarbonization at All Cost, held on 11 November in Bali, opens a new chapter in the country’s journey towards achieving Net Zero Emissions. Across five panel discussions, and with fireside chats as well as breakout sessions in between, the summit put leading industry actors on center stage as they shared invaluable learnings gained from their respective company/organization’s efforts in taking the necessary climate actions. Among these companies was APRIL Group, the leading manufacturer in the paper and pulp industry who is taking real actions to reduce emissions along and beyond their value chain.

One of APRIL Group’s initiatives is the Restorasi Ekosistem Riau (RER), a collaborative project that include both private and public sectors to restore and conserve ecologically important peat swamp forest areas. The RER is operating based on five licenses for ecosystem restoration granted by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Established in 2013 by APRIL Group, RER comprises 130,095 hectares are located on the Kampar Peninsula, while another 20,599 hectares are located on the Padang Island, Sumatra adopting a production – protection landscape model. With focuses in climate, biodiversity, and community, RER delivers protection, assessment, restoration and management of the landscape.  APRIL is providing technical and financial support to RER through a target in APRIL 2030 by setting aside US$1 for every tonne of industrial plantation harvested per year for landscape conservation.

Visit RER’s page for more info.

During the summit, Sihol P. Aritonang, President Director of PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper –a business unit of APRIL Group, was present at the summit as a panelist for the fourth panel discussion, “Corporate Climate Governance.” He revealed that APRIL has within its corporate governance a committee that oversees their climate response, stating, “At the heart of our climate governance is nature-based solution.”

The Indonesia Net Zero Summit 2022 became an opportunity for leading actors and companies in the national net zero movement such as APRIL Group to accelerate collective actions in building a low-carbon economy and realizing a climate-resilient Indonesia.

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