AAA supports Maersk Policy on Sustainable Forestry
Ethical investment advocate Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA) has welcomed
news from the Danish shipping giant Maersk, that claims it will no longer
use uncertified tropical wood for the flooring in its containers.
Boston, MA, June 01, 2011 -- Ethical investment advocate Alternative
Asset Analysis (AAA) has welcomed news from the Danish shipping giant
Maersk, that claims it will no longer use uncertified tropical wood for
the flooring in its containers.
Maersk’s shipping containers all have hard wood flooring and until now
they were using tropical woods that were often from unsustainable
sources. Now, with the environmental implications in mind, Maersk has
decided to only used wood from sources that are certified as sustainable
from now on.
The wood Maersk will use in the future will be marked with the Forest
Sterwardship Council (FSC) certification, which guarantees the wood used
for the containers’ floors are not the product of illegal logging. The
firm is also expected to use recycled plastic and bamboo as a sustainable
environmentally friendly option for its flooring.
Stephen Kelleher of the International Union for the Conservation of
Nature, said that he hoped other business will follow Maersk’s lead:
"Achieving sustainable development and environmental conservation will
not be possible without the full engagement of the private sector, and we
hope this bold move will inspire other businesses to follow suit.”
AAA is welcoming the news as it supports investment in sustainable
projects, like the planting of sustainable forestry crops in emerging
markets such as Brazil. These kinds of projects can help to protect the
natural resources that are so precious to developing economies. AAA’s
analyst partner Anthony Johnson explained, “Generating a larger market
for sustainably produced timber will increase returns on investment for
anyone looking to buy up sustainable forest land and trees that can be
harvested some years down the line.”
“As demand increases, the price of sustainably produced timber goes up,
and investors in projects such as the those run by Greenwood Management
in Brazil and Costa Rica, see the benefits,” added Johnson.
Currently, the shipping industry purchases as much as 1.5 million cubic
meters of tropical hardwood, so it is easy to see how a change in policy
would reduce demand for timber that is the product of deforestation,
claimed AAA. Mearsk’s decision alone will reduce the demand for
uncertified tropical hardwood by 6 per cent from the shipping industry –
having a potentially major impact on the demand in general.
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