By Cindy Macdonald
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has released its 2016 Sustainability Report, showcasing the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry’s commitment to sustainability across the value chain.
“We are proud to represent companies that are committed to advancing their sustainability performance,” said AF&PA president and CEO Donna Harman. “Their efforts led to the early achievement of the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 goals to improve safety and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Highlights from the 2016 AF&PA Sustainability Report:
• Greenhouse gas emissions from AF&PA member facilities were reduced by 16 per cent, surpassing the 15 per cent reduction goal ahead of schedule.
• The safety incidence rate was improved by 40.8 per cent, surpassing the 25 per cent improvement goal.
• More than 63 per cent of paper consumed in the U.S. has been recovered for recycling for each of the past seven years, reaching a record 66.8 per cent in 2015.
• Pulp and paper mills self-generate, on average, about two-thirds of their energy needs from biomass and renewable fuels.
• Water used by mills for production of paper and wood products is reused ten times, on average.
To see the full report, a video of highlights and other materials, visit http://sustainability.afandpa.org.