Jump to Navigation
Jump to Content

International Update Volume 44, Issue 4

PAPER GIANT'S GREEN COMMITMENT DISAPPOINTS ENVIRONMENTALISTS

Indonesia

Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Ltd. (APRIL), Indonesia’s second-largest pulp and paper producer, has announced a new environmental policy intended to address criticism of its forestry practices. The announcement came just days after the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, a group of 200 companies that have made commitments to greener business practices, threatened to kick APRIL out if it doesn’t reform its forestry practices and stop clearing rainforests and peatlands on the island of Sumatra.

EU NEGOTIATORS CLASH WITH MEMBER STATES OVER AVIATION EMISSIONS

EU

European Union (EU) negotiators are clashing with member states on whether to require all airlines using EU airports to pay for their emissions. Currently, only emissions from intra-EU flights are regulated; last Thursday, however, members of the European parliament’s environment committee voted to charge for emissions for all flights through European airspace. The proposed rules were met with opposition from EU member states including Great Britain, France, and Germany, who want the EU’s Emissions Trading System confined to intra-EU flights in order to avoid angering trading partners.

DREDGE DUMPING PERMITTED NEAR GREAT BARRIER REEF

Australia

Last Friday, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority gave the green light to North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation to deposit as much as 3,000,000 cubic meters of dredging waste into the Great Barrier Reef. The dumping permit would allow for major expansion of the port of Abbot Point, potentially bringing in up to $28 billion in coal projects. While the Authority placed 47 environmental conditions on the project—including long-term water quality monitoring and measures to reduce the impact on biodiversity—environmentalists fear the damage expansion of the port could cause.