Asian Agri Enhances Fire Prevention Training

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Forest fires devastate large amounts of peat forest in Indonesia on a yearly basis. While it would be almost impossible to prevent all fires in Indonesia, Asian Agri, which forms a part of the Royal Golden Eagle group of companies founded by entrepreneur Sukanto Tanoto, along with multiple non-profit organisations and state authorities are working non-stop to prevent forest and land fires.

Asian Agri, founded by Sukanto Tanoto, has taken large steps to prevent forest and land fires in collaboration with Fire Free Alliance (FFA) and the APRIL and Asian Agri initiated Fire Free Village Program (FFVP). The fire prevention initiatives of APRIL, which also forms part of RGE, and Asian Agri represent the four C’s philosophy of founder and chairman of RGE, Sukanto Tanoto and the RGE group of companies.

The newest collaboration initiated by Asian Agri to improve the training for forest fire prevention is with GAPKI Riau (as facilitator) and the Training Centre of Environment and Forestry (as educator).

Forest Fire Prevention Training

During Indonesia’s rainy season the teams of fire fighters and volunteers practise drills, exercise, train and visit rural villages to spread knowledge on fire prevention and firefighting, so that when the dry season inevitably comes, the teams are ready to perform their duties as efficiently as possible. These duties are not only to extinguish existing fires, but include routine patrols and monitoring high risk areas.

The rainy season training consists of up to 52 hours of lessons at the Training Centre for Environment and Forests, as well as 3 days of practical lessons in the village of Lubuk Ogong, Tambak.

During their training participants learn the basic skills needed to: use a GPS-based Android, execute fire patrol, inform the public about fire safety and prevention and participate in carefully controlled fire simulations.

Mahfud, one of the trainees who had participated in the event, is of the opinion that if more companies would be as concerned about the environment and became as involved in fire prevention efforts as Asian Agri is, that forest and land fires would undoubtedly be reduced even more, as this year the efforts from FFA and FFVP have already made a large difference.

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Chairman of RGE Group, Mr. Sukanto Tanoto’s announces plans to develop new viscose factory for 2018 in Indonesia

The Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) group of companies, which was founded by visionary and respected businessman, Mr. Sukanto Tanoto, has recently released information on plans to build a viscose factory in 2018 aimed at driving exports and helping Indonesia to better meet viscose demands.

It is in fact going to be the very first integrated viscose fiber factory in the country. While there are a few other producers of viscose in the area, their raw materials are imported.

SVI (Sateri Viscose International), which is part of the RGE will operate the factory and the raw materials required will come from another RGE business, Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL). The company, founded by Chairman of the RGE group of companies, Mr. Sukanto Tanoto, is involved in the planting and processing of Eucalyptus and Acacia trees and then processing the plant into a pulp.

April Group recognizes demand for viscose and creates sustainable employment

Viscose is a type of fiber that is used to create textiles, baby wipes, surgical gowns, medical pads, face masks and similar. As such, it is generally in high demand on a global scale. Mr. Sukanto Tanoto has recognized the profits to be made in this industry, but still plans to do good for community and the environment during the development and running of the new factory.

Building of the new viscose factory began earlier in 2016 and the location of the factory will be right next door to Asia Pacific Resources International’s pulp and paper mills in Raui. The total cost of the factory will be in the region of 14.9 trillion Rupiah, creating 1 000’s of employment opportunities.

What SVI has to say on the new factory and its goals

Thomas Handoko, the CEO of SVI said that the company will ensure that Indonesia becomes the world’s second largest producer of viscose. The company plans to export as much as 60% of its annual production which will bring new wealth to the Indonesian economy, very much in line with the philosophy of the Tanoto Foundation, to do good for the community and company.

With viscose being an industry that needs strict waste control in place, RGE is the perfect group of companies to get involved. RGE along with the Tanoto Foundation has adopted various sustainable practices and is involved in community training and awareness events on how to recycle and be responsible with waste products.

It seems that RGE can use the viscose factory to bring new found environmental awareness to the country, while also improving on the quality of life for Indonesian community members.

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Asian Agri, under the leadership of Sukanto Tanoto, cultivates a generation of skilled planters in the palm oil industry

Asian Agri and its visionary leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist Sukanto Tanoto, founder of the RGE group of companies, are paving Indonesia’s way to success as they nurture and develop skills in young planters of the future.

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Palm oil is a vital pillar in Indonesia’s consumer market, and it plays a pivotal role in the production of biofuels, a versatile and renewable source of energy, putting Indonesia on the map as both the world’s largest supplier and consumer of renewable energy,

Much of the success and growth of the Indonesian economy is owed to the country’s production of palm oil, hinging on the versatility of this product and its significant contributions to the consumer market in the form of a multitude of products – ranging from lipstick to chocolate, ice-cream and cooking oil.

Tanoto Foundation Philosophy – Empowerment and enhancement through employment

In line with the 3-tiered philosophy of the Tanoto Foundation and its founder Mr Sukanto Tanoto, Asian Agri is well known as the pioneer of one of Indonesia’s largest and most successful community partnership schemes. The company is also one of Asia’s largest palm oil producers with an annual palm oil production of 1 million tons. Founded by one of Indonesia’s most successful businessmen, Sukanto Tanoto, and a part of the RGE group of companies, Asian Agri is an employer of over 25 000 and single-handedly contributes vital support to the Indonesian economy.

Since 2002, Asian Agri has put much of its focus on the training of its employees, establishing the Asian Agri Learning Institute (AALI) which has successfully trained and produced over 2 200 graduates.

The AALI focuses on producing generations of skilled planters that are able to sustainably cultivate and manage the production of palm oil in a 100% environmentally friendly manner. With over 100 trainees accepted every six months from all parts of Sumatra, such as Jambi, Riau and North Sumatra, Asian Agri continues to produce a work force with Indonesia’s best interests at heart.

Sukanto Tanoto promotes socio-economic prosperity through the RGE group of companies

At AALI, trainees undergo a methodical training programme, introducing them to the basics of palm oil cultivation, with acute focus on sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. Throughout their training, all trainees receive a salary from Asian Agri:

“Each year, the Asian Agri Learning Institute takes in some 100 trainees. They come in wanting to create a future in Indonesia’s thriving palm oil industry, and we are glad to play a role in equipping them with the skills and means, and to do so in a way that is sustainable and responsible.” – Sufryiadi, Manager at AALI.

As a vital member of the RGE group of companies and headed by visionary businessman, Mr. Sukanto Tanoto, Asian Agri is one the leading CPO (Crude Palm Oil) companies in all of Indonesia and has been internationally acknowledged with the ISO 14001 certification.

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Woodfibre LNG Has Been Given the Green Light

On 4 November 2016 Pacific Oil & Gas, which forms part of the Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) group of companies founded by Indonesian entrepreneur Sukanto Tanoto, confirmed that the necessary funds of US$ 1.6 Billion necessary to proceed with the Canadian-based Woodfibre LNG project have been authorized.

Woodfibre LNG Limited is a small to mid-scale natural gas liquefaction facility, which will be located on the Howe Sound shores in the Squamish district of British Columbia (BC). The facility will receive its natural gas from a FortisBC natural gas pipeline, and will be powered by electricity from BC Hydro.

The facility is one of the smallest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plants proposed for the British Columbian coast, licenced to export up to only 2.1 million tonnes of gas per year. However, because it will be connected to the BC Hydro power grid, it will be one of the lowest-emitting LNG projects there.

Woodfibre LNG

The Premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark, said they were delighted to announce that LNG will finally become a reality in BC, “This marks the beginning of a tremendous opportunity for BC to play a significant role in the global fight against climate change, using the world’s cleanest LNG to help countries transition away from coal and oil.”

Woodfibre LNG will be built during a time when the price of natural gas is low, which could mean that the facility could have an economically difficult start. To help ensure its success, the British Columbian government has decided to “offer a competitive electricity rate” for companies using the more expensive but cleaner electricity-powered liquefaction methods.

During the construction of Woodfibre LNG Limited 650 jobs will be created, as well as 100 operational jobs once the facility is running. Work on the facility will start imminently and is expected to be completed by 2020. Exporting gas to Asia is expected to commence in the same year.

Woodfibre LNG still requires a certificate from the Oil and Gas Commission, which is hoped to be received by late 2017.

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APRIL Among Indonesian Paper and Pulp Companies that have IFCC Certified Forest Management

IFCCPEFCTo accelerate the certification rate for sustainable forestry practises in Indonesia, a new community forest certification scheme has been developed by the Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation (IFCC), which was established in 2011. The program is called “Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification” (PEFC).

PEFC is an international non-profit organisation which promotes sustainable forest management through third-party certification. Because of its eco-label, customers as well as consumers are able to easily identify products sourced from sustainably managed forests. The certification program currently has 46 national governing bodies, which are organisations established to develop and implement PEFC within their country.

Certification of products by IFCC and PEFC is not obligatory, however, it will help any company that manufactures, processes, trades or sells timber-based products gain access to the global market as the certification guarantees that the products were responsible sourced and are able to be traced back to their origin.

To date, only a few major local companies in Indonesia have been PEFC certified, which include Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL), which is part of the Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) group of companies which was founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sukanto Tanoto.

In Indonesia roughly 1.8 million hectares of industrial plantation forest has been IFCC and PEFC certified and 24 local companies have been chain-of-custody-certified. Globally, over 300 million hectares of forests in total are certified to PEFC’s internationally recognized sustainability benchmarks, providing more than 18 000 chain-of-custody-certified companies across the world with responsibly and sustainably sourced wood and wood-based products.

Dradjad Wibowo, Chairman of IFCC , believes that Indonesian companies are starting to take note of the rising popularity of ethical consumption, and that the middle man is looking for assurances that the products they retail originate from sustainable forests without causing any harm to the environment.

PEFC chief executive Ben Gunnenberg, says that in able to manage the world’s decreasing forests, every company in the world needs to work together to create a sustainable livelihood. “Think global, but act local. Sustainable forestry cannot happen unless we can create a sustainable livelihood for everyone.”