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Water is essential for both life and industry. But these two demands don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

To sustain its operations while minimizing its environmental impact, APRIL Group has invested in state-of-the-art water recycling and processing facilities.

Water is used in every part of the pulp and paper making process. Water taken from the Kampar River is purified before use in the mill, and equates to just 1.89% of the river’s mean river flow, well below government guidelines.

Through collection and treatment, APRIL recycles 90% of its general water usage, and 78% is returned to the river after being treated.

 

 

The acacia tree is a common sight in Indonesia, where it is widely used by the pulp and paper industry.

APRIL uses two kinds of acacias, Acacia Mangium and Acacia Crassicarpa, which are adapted for different kinds of soil.

So why is the acacia tree so popular? First, its fibers are particularly well suited to making paper, and are widely used to manufacture writing paper, packaging, cardboard and other uses.

 

The Government of Indonesia has intensified efforts to protect the environment by preventing fires and strengthening the country’s fire-fighting response. Supporting the Government’s leadership on fire prevention is a voluntary multi-stakeholder group called Fire- Free Alliance (FFA).

More than 200 villages, covering at least 1.5 million hectares of land in various parts of Indonesia, are now participating in community-based fire prevention initiatives. This is the result of the first year of collaborative work of the FFA, which is made up of forestry and agriculture companies, NGOs, and other concerned partners committed to resolving Indonesia’s persistent fire and haze issues.

Established in February 2016, the FFA focuses on fire prevention through community engagement. Founding members include APRIL, Asian Agri, IDH, Musim Mas, PM.Haze and Wilmar. The Alliance also welcomed Sime Darby and IOI Group as new members, announced today on the sidelines of the Responsible Business Forum held in Jakarta.

Rice husks – the hard coverings of rice grains – are often thrown away. But where most people see waste, Pangkalan Kerinci-based entrepreneur Jufri saw opportunity. With help from APRIL subsidiary PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP), he set up a business in 2000 which converts the husks into fertilizer for the agricultural industry.

Today he employs more than 80 people, providing jobs and opportunities to the local community.

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