What does the term Double A Paper from KHAN-NA represents?
The concept of Paper from KHAN-NA embodies Double A’s sustainable philosophy: Environment, Social and Economic sustainability:
Environment: utilizing the unused spaces in between paddy field for planting trees to support pulp and paper production does not harm natural forests. It maintains the biodiversity and balance of ecosystem. Social and Economic: Double A encourages Thai farmers to plant Double A trees on their unused lands. This enables the farmers to get additional income of up to 8% on top of their annual income from their regular crops.
Why do you use Eucalyptus trees?
Double A premium quality paper is produced exclusively from farmed Eucalyptus trees. We use Eucalyptus trees for two key reasons:
1. Eucalyptus is particularly suitable fibrous material for pulp and paper manufacture (denser than many other types) 2. Eucalyptus trees fit Thailand’s advantageous climatic conditions
How do farmed trees differ from trees from managed forests?
Farmed trees refer to the practice of land management of trees on terrain that does not contain existing tree plantations or old growth forests. This land is on normal farming land such as rice paddies and cassava fields. Managed forests refer to the practice of land management on existing tree plantations and natural growth forests.
What steps are you taking to ensure that farmed tree management does not impact the natural eco-system?
Environmental excellence is indeed at the heart of Double A’s business practice. It means that at each stage of development from seedling to finished product, we have examined processes for their environmental efficiencies. Some examples:
How do you measure your environmental performance; how do you compare to other paper producers?
We use Access Economics to independent measure our environmental performance. Access Economics developed an environmental cost model (based on paper mills’ resource consumption and carbon emissions) to place a bottom line cost on paper manufacturer’s environmental impact. We wanted to gauge our performance against mills from other countries and regions. Out of eight mills considered under the report, Double A’s performance was the strongest (with an environmental cost of AUSD 0.04).