Forests are key to the survival of human, animal, and plant life around the world. According to the United Nations Climate Summit’s Declaration on Forests, forests support approximately 80 percent of the planet’s biodiversity, helping provide clean air and combatting climate change by absorbing carbon in the atmosphere.
A recent study conducted by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a leading NGO that facilitates carbon reduction and reporting with global companies, found that on average 24% of company revenue is dependent on one or more of the following four commodities that are directly linked to deforestation: palm oil, soy, timber, and cattle products, resulting in up to $906 billion in annual product turnover at risk. Despite their widespread connection to deforestation, only a fraction of these companies report any significant action taken to combat this issue.
One of eight companies named to inaugural CDP “Forest A List”
Palo Alto, Calif., December 7, 2016 /3BL Media/ — HP has been identified as a global leader for the actions and strategies it is taking to manage its use of timber products more sustainably by CDP, which named HP one of only eight companies to earn a position on the inaugural CDP “Forest A List” for its deforestation management efforts. HP is the only information technology (IT) company to make this year’s Forest A List.
Climate change is attributed to deforestation and emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels, among other causes. Biomass is considered carbon neutral when the growth rate of forests is greater than or equal to harvest levels, as is the case in North America. The carbon neutrality of biogenic fuels has been recognized by an abundance of studies and institutions, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Sappi North America is proud to say that it has the lowest carbon footprint among domestic producers of coated freesheet paper.
A global trend toward sustainable palm oil is emerging; diverse stakeholders including non-profits, scientists, and global brands worldwide have announced their commitment to sustainably sourced palm oil and supply chain transparency.
Global Forest Watch, an initiative of the World Resources Institute (WRI), has recently released a palm oil risk tool that maps deforestation risk for palm oil mills worldwide. ThePALM Risk Tool (Prioritizing Areas, Landscapes and Mills) assigns a risk rating to approximately 800 palm oil mills. Satellite data is used to identify deforested and fire treated areas.
The National Geographic Society will bring together its most innovative and interesting explorers from around the world during its "Explorers Week" celebration from June 13 to 17. Through livestreams, video chats and more, the campaign will give global viewers the chance to interact with Society's leading researchers, conservationists and educators. Explorers Week coincides with the Society's annual Explorers Symposium, where top scientists deliver captivating stories of how exploration, storytelling and scientific discovery are making a difference across the globe.
How do we maintain our forestland while simultaneously meeting the current demand for wood and paper products?
The following is a sponsored story by Staples and Domtar, and originally appeared on GreenBiz.
The overall health of the world’s forests continues to be a concern, and the best path to sustainable forest management is often hotly debated. How do we maintain our forestland while simultaneously meeting the current demand for wood and paper products?
Several years ago, I visited the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya. Lewa’s owner’s goal is to set an example of how wildlife can be even more valuable as a source of tourism than for sale on the black-market, providing a model throughout Africa. I was there to assess potential branding opportunities. Virgin Air had committed to a corridor for migrating elephants. Lewa hoped there were others.
New Pulp and Paper Policy expands commitment tohelpprevent deforestation
Palm Oil Tracing Update: Tracing to mills nearly complete and mapping to plantations ahead of schedule
HERSHEY, Pa., December 3, 2015 /3BL Media/ – The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) today made new commitments to help prevent deforestation in its supply chain by launching a comprehensive Pulp and Paper Policy and announcing an update on its efforts to trace its global palm oil supply chain.