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.
It also highlights the progress made toward achieving the industry’s sustainability goals, including:
- S. wood fiber procured by AF&PA members from certified sourcing programs rose to 98%.
- Greenhouse gas emissions from AF&PA member facilities were reduced by 16% over a 2005 baseline, surpassing the 15% reduction goal ahead of schedule.
- The safety incidence rate improved by 40.8%, surpassing the 25% improvement goal.
- Pulp and paper mills self-generate, on average, about two-thirds of their energy needs from biomass and renewable fuels.
- The paper and wood products manufacturing industry uses combined heat and power technology to generate 97.6% of the electricity it produces on site.
How does Resolute’s performance compare?
While not always a direct comparison, Resolute’s sustainability performance positions the company as a global industry leader:
- Our fiber supply from certified sourcing programs stands at 100%, with much of the fiber we process sourced in accordance with more than one of the following standards: Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) fiber sourcing requirements, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) CoC due diligence requirements or the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Controlled Wood standard.
- We have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 71% over a 2000 baseline, surpassing our 65% reduction goal two years ahead of schedule.
- We have achieved a world-class safety performance, recording a total Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) incident rate of 0.66, which is a 20% improvement over 2014. Four of our facilities reached or surpassed 1 million hours without a recordable injury in 2015.
- In 2015, we sourced 72% of our total energy needs from renewable sources and derived 78% of our fuel energy usage from biomass.
For more details on the American forest and paper industry’s sustainability progress click here.