Greenpeace presents Sinar Mas APP with Golden Chainsaw Award

Press release - 2010-10-22
Greenpeace presented Sinar Mas APP with an award the company has long deserved at the fourth annual Sinar Mas Printing Art Awards on October 20. Greenpeace demands to APP CEO Huang Zhiyuan that the company stops immediately its destruction of Indonesian rainforests, home to extremely endangered species such as Sumatran tigers and orang-utans.

At the fourth Sinar Mas Printing Art Awards in Shanghai, Greenpeace forests campaigner Ma Lichao (left) presents Sinar Mas APP with a Golden Chainsaw Award in honor of their ongoing deforestation of rainforest and peatland in Indonesia.

Greenpeace senior forests campaigner Ma Lichao presented the Golden Chainsaw award onstage at the event before the company's many clients and addressed Mr. Huang. "This Golden Chainsaw is to award Sinar Mas APP for building its pulp and paper empire on 30 years worth of deforestation crimes - this climate crime needs to stop now."

By 2005, the pulp and paper giant cleared over one million hectares of rainforest on the Indonesian island of Sumatra alone. By 2006, 400,000 hectares of peatland was converted into pulp plantation development. Altogether, these actions are equal to carbon-dioxide emissions of 2.3 billion tons, or more than twice Germany's national annual emissions.

What's more, in 2010 Greenpeace found new evidence documenting that Sinar Mas APP's pulp plantations overlaps with Sumatran-tiger conservation lands by 310,000 hectares. Taking into account another planned 470,000 hectares of logging concessions by the company in 2010, APP will occupy an estimated 15% of the Sumatran tiger's critical habitat. There are less than 500 Sumatran tigers in the wild today.

Sinar Mas APP's environmentally irresponsible and unsustainable actions not only drives endangered species to extinction but it is also a major culprit of global climate change. "We urge all companies stop buying paper and palm oil products from Sinar Mas APP, until the company stops trashing rainforests and announces and implements a policy to stop further deforestation and peatland destruction," said Ma Lichao.

Many companies have cancelled contracts with Sinar Mas including Unilever, Kraft, Nestlé, McDonald's, Ricoh, Metro, Woolworths Australia, Staples, Gucci and H&M. In addition, global retail chains Carrefour, Tesco and Auchan announced they were phasing out Sinar Mas APP's paper products for their own branded merchandise.

Greenpeace is also urging the Indonesian government to protect all peatlands, as well as to expand its upcoming moratorium on rainforest destruction in new concessions to cover the vast areas that have already been slated for destruction in existing concessions.

Deforestation is responsible for about one-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions. Ending deforestation must be central to a global strategy to tackle climate change, as it has a great potential to quickly deliver massive greenhouse gas emissions cuts. Greenpeace is committed to challenging governments and industries across the world to end their role in forest destruction and climate change.