JOHANNESBURG - Pulp and paper company Sappi says it will fund research on artificial intelligence and bringing carbon emissions to net zero in the industry under the Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme.

The 3-5 year fellowships, announced last week by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), is expected to attract academics from around the world to identify breakthrough solutions to meet the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Sappi said the fellowship aimed to build on the company's current engagement with the CISL by investigating how trends of innovation and sustainability would come together to reshape the future of industry – looking at the paper and pulp sector as an initial example.

"The challenge for the pulp and paper industry is how to be much more effective than today, both in our journey towards durable sustainability and to the need for economic vitality and employment for future generations," Sappi CEO Steve Binnie said.

"This fellowship programme and the research it will deliver will help take this work forward."

 - Africa News Agency (ANA)