Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has increased the availability of Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified products.

The move comes after APP suppliers’ plantations spanning more than 300,000 hectares secured Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation (IFCC) certification.

APP sustainability managing director Aida Greenbury said: "This is now the third year of the implementation of our zero deforestation commitment.

"Today marks the realisation of a lot of hard work and a long-held ambition to secure internationally recognised certification for Indonesia’s forests."

"In combination with this commitment, this certification means buyers from APP can be assured that not only are APP’s products of high-quality, but that they are certified, traceable and support sustainable forest management across Indonesia."

APP suppliers, Arara Abadi and Satria Perkasa Agung, operate 306,400 hectares of IFCC-PEFC certified plantations in Riau province, Indonesia. More than one million hectares of plantation area are in the final stages of IFCC-PEFC certification.

This will allow APP to reach its Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020 target of 100% of pulpwood suppliers achieving sustainable forest management certification by 2020.

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IFCC chairman Dradjad H Wibowo said: "Today marks the realisation of a lot of hard work and a long-held ambition to secure internationally recognised certification for Indonesia’s forests.

"Our dual ambition of stimulating the Indonesian economy, assisting small holders whilst protecting one of our most valuable resources, our natural forests, will be significantly bolstered by the presence of the PEFC certificate, which is regarded around the globe as a guarantee of responsibly sourced products"

A trade name for a group of pulp and paper manufacturing companies in Indonesia and China, APP delivers quality products to meet the growing global demand for tissue, packaging and paper.