“Forest certification has the potential to greatly support Myanmar's forest sector and contribute to the ongoing reform process,” said Dr. Nyi Nyi Kyaw, Director General of the Forest Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation of Government of Myanmar at the launch of a new initiative to promote sustainable forest management in Myanmar. The initiative will develop and test tools that support legal, sustainable and transparent forest product trade and is implemented jointly by PEFC International and the Myanmar Forest Certification Committee (MFCC). “The Forest Department recognizes the value of this project towards strengthening the MFCC,” said Dr Kyaw. The primary focus of the project, supported by Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, is to strengthen and operationalize the national forest certification system in Myanmar. Click Read More below for additional detail.
J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) has released its 2019 Sustainability Report for its Forestry and Forest Products Operations.
The company’s sustainability framework consists of five focus areas:
- Healthy environment
- Growing opportunities for people
- Vibrant communities
- Strong partnerships for business success
- Safe and efficient operations
Below are some highlights from the 2019 report.
All Forest Products Operations Combined – Performance Summary
60% green energy use from renewable fuels like biomass – up by 7% from 5 years ago
22% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the past 5 years
12% reduction in water usage over the past 5 years per tonne of tissue product made
6% reduction in overall (all operations) water usage of the past 5 years
32% increase in conservation sites over the past 5 years as part of our voluntary, award winning Unique Areas program in Canada and the U.S.
17% increase in waste that is diverted from landfill for beneficial use over the past 5 years
Zero non-compliance issues following 3rd party forest certification audits* based on 145 indicators (environmental, social and economic) measured over 5 years.
$40.5 million as of 2019 invested in forest research ($1.5 million every year since 1992)
5% overall improvement in safety performance over the past 5 years (recordable incident rate reduction)
Over 27,000 km of water course protection (3 times the width of Canada).
18.8 million trees planted in 2019 – over 1 billion planted since 1957
92 million tonnes of CO2 absorbed by growing forests we own or manage over the next 50 years – equal to 360,000 cars off the road, every year for the next 50 years.
Forest Certification by Independent Auditors
Every year the lands JDI owns or manages in Canada and the U.S. are subject to third party audit by scientific experts from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®).
In Maine, our woodlands are also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® C041515).
Following 3rd party forest certification audits in 2019, Irving Woodlands had zero non-compliance issues based on 145 indicators (environmental, social and economic) measured over 5 years.
Read the 2019 SFI and FSC report cards here.
more detail at: https://www.jdirving.com/Newsroom-J.D.-Irving-Limited-2019-Sustainability-Report.aspx