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EPA says U.S. pulp and paper GHG emissions drop by 13% in just 5 years

Industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reporting program continues to shed light on climate change impacts and trends.

In the United States, over 8,000 industrial facilities and suppliers have now finalized their reporting to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 2015. Among the highlights:

  • 8,003 facilities in nine industry sectors reported direct GHG emissions totaling 3.05 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), about half of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Electric power plants remain the largest reporting source, representing almost 65% — or 2.0 billion metric tons CO2e – of reported emissions. The next three largest sources are oil and gas producers, refineries and chemical plants, together contributing about 19% of reported emissions.
  • Although the pulp and paper industry is the ninth largest emitting sector, it is responsible for only 1.3% of emissions reported to the EPA – and only about 0.6% of total U.S. GHG emissions.
  • The EPA data indicates that pulp and paper greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 13% in just five years, from 2011 to 2015.

Click here to learn more about the EPA’s reporting program for greenhouse gas emissions.

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