The global Paradise Papers leak has accused Indonesian pulp and paper giant APRIL of unethically exploiting tax loopholes through offshore shell companies and weakening environmental clauses by lenders. APRIL has rejected these claims.
A motion passed at the FSC General Assembly meeting on October 13 indicates that the organisation will pursue a change to its rules allowing companies that have converted forests to plantations since 1994 to go for certification.
The Singapore-based paper giant suspended operations after failing to meet a government deadline for a work plan to move off environmentally sensitive peatlands. After crunch talks, the company has until 30 October to come up with a new plan.
A building can never really be green if the people inside it aren't. Building owners need to give their occupants a nudge in the right direction, experts said at a recent Building and Construction Authority event in Singapore.
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The agricultural and landscape sector is responsible for 25 per cent of human-caused emissions, but is sometimes overlooked in decarbonisation efforts. WRI researchers highlight how we can protect forests and accelerate decarbonisation.
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Asia Pulp & Paper suddenly cancelled a media trip to its new mega mill in South Sumatra. Why? The company, it seems, is not ready to tell the sustainability story about a mill that will chew through 70,000 hectares of timber in a year.
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Must peatland be drained for palm oil or acacia plantations out of economic necessity? Oscar M Lopez for Climate Change Climate Envoy Chris Cheng shares how wetland agriculture, or paludiculture, is a far more sustainable and lucrative alternative.
Nazir Foead, head of Indonesia's new Peatland Restoration Agency brings new energy to solving the country's deforestation and peatland problems, but engagement with major consumer giants India and China is lacking, and we still need to look at the million-dollar question of who will pay for sustainable goods.
Independent sustainability and environment adviser Tony Juniper discusses the importance of protecting rainforests as Belantara, a foundation focused on delivering an innovative new direct funding platform to protect Indonesian rainforests, opens its doors for business.
Biofuels are becoming big policy and big business as countries around the world look to decrease petroleum dependence, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation sector, and support agricultural ...
In a previous articles titled "Economic Feasibility of Sustainable Non-Food Feedstock Based Biodiesel Production: Part 1 and Part 2 ",we have covered how Pongamia Pinnata and Moringa oleifera are going ...
Castor is an important non-edible oilseed crop of the family Euphorbiaceae with great utilitarian value in industry, agriculture and pharmaceutical sectors. The presence of hydroxyl group and double bonds in ...