APP China 2009 Sustainability Report

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APP-China turns the lights off for Earth Hour 2011 on March 26 Major factories and operations going beyond Earth Hour across mainland China, Hong Kong, and TaiwanShanghai March 25, 2011 APP-China will turn off its lights tomorrow, March 26, from 20:30 to 21:30 and will once again become a participant in the amazing global environmental initiative, Earth Hour, of WWF. This year, APP-China will expand its participation from the companys headquarters and major mainland China factories to its operations across Hong Kong and Taiwan in order to continue its commitment to environmental protection. 2011 is the third consecutive year for APP-China to participate in Earth Hour. To echo the theme of this years Earth Hour: Go Beyond the Hour, APP-China has not only increased the scope of its participation from major mainland China factories (including Gold East Paper Co., Gold Huasheng Paper Co., Ningbo Zhonghua Paper Co., Ningbo Asia Pulp & Paper Co., Gold Hong Ye Paper Co., Hainan Jinhai Pulp & Paper Co., and Guangxi Jingui Pulp & Paper Co.) and the headquarters of both Taiwan and Hong Kong operations, but the company has also further boosted its commitments to environmental protection through its newest campaign to educate the public about proper paper usage and to lead the paper industrys efforts to plant more trees under the concept of plantation-pulp-paper integration in order to further improve the sustainability of the paper industry and to make sustainable lifestyles a reality. Turning off the lights for an hour may look like a small thing; however, the meaning of such action is significant, Sophy Huang, PR director of APP-China said. By participating in Earth Hour across APP-Chinas operations in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong this year, we are hoping to raise environmental awareness on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. This is one big step going beyond our day-to-day efforts of reducing carbon emissions.Over the years, APP-China has carried out various activities for environmental protection around China, with initiatives in such areas as energy saving and carbon emission reduction. So far, APP-China has invested 740 million dollars (or 5 billion RMB) in environmental protection altogether. This sizeable investment, additional technology innovation, and advanced management processes helped APP-China become a green pioneer of the Chinese paper industry. The company has also received a great number of awards, like the Low Carbon China Contributing Enterprise (International) award and the 2010 Outstanding China CSR Enterprise award. APP is committed to environmental protection and we believe that it is a core part of our business operations, PR director of APP-China added. Going forward, we will continue to lead the industry through our Paper Contract with China (PCwC) commitment that enters its fourth year in 2011. In the complex socio-economic environment of China, we are committed to development and sustainability, minimizing the environmental impact of our operations and ensuring that the social and economic impact of paper industry in China is resoundingly positive.# # #About APP-ChinaRegistered in Singapore in October 1994, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is one of the worlds leading pulp and paper companies and is ranked one of the largest vertically integrated pulp and paper producers in Asia. Since APP started investing in China in the early 1990s, it has over 20 pulp and paper mills in the form of subsidiaries or joint ventures, as well as forest plantations with a total area over 320,000 hectares. With over 37,000 employees, APP-China had a total production capability 7.6 million ton per year in 2009. In June 2008, APP-China launched the Paper Contract with China, to showcase the companys sustainable development strategy and its long-term commitments to China. By the end of 2009, APP-China had spent RMB 5 billion in environmental protection facilities and RMB