Increase Energy Efficiency
GOAL: Improve our industry’s energy efficiency in purchased energy use by at least 10 percent from 2005 to 2020.
Improved energy efficiency in purchased energy... ...allows us to produce more with less.
In 2010, 97.2 percent of electricity produced by the industry was generated by combined heat and power (CHP) energy – using the exhaust steam from electricity-generating turbines. This achieves fuel-use efficiencies of 50 to 80 percent, compared to average fossil-fueled power plant efficiencies of 33 percent in the U.S. 1 ...leaves more natural resources for future use.
Thilmany’s Kaukauna, WI mill joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) “Better Buildings Better Plants” program. So far, their efforts have led to a 19 percent reduction in purchased energy intensity. The company plans to reach its commitment to the DOE program seven years ahead of schedule. ...saves resources, which helps to keep and create jobs.
The Georgia-Pacific project “Improving Energy Efficiency” spawned over 200 energy efficiency projects and other efforts that have resulted in savings of more than $50 million in purchased energy and a reduction in energy use of over two trillion BTU.
The forest products industry is a leader in energy efficiency.
Improved energy efficiency at member mills led to a reduction in purchased energy of 8.1 percent — or 11.9 million BTUs per ton of production — in 2010, compared to the 2005 baseline.
On average, about two-thirds of the energy used for production comes from using carbon-neutral biomass onsite, including spent pulping liquors, bark, wood, wood scraps, wood by-products, and process residuals. An additional small, but significant, amount of energy is produced by other renewable sources such as hydro- power.
AF&PA member facilities have consistently improved their energy efficiency and reduced their fossil fuel use.
Member pulp and paper mills reduced their purchased energy use per ton of production by 25.3 percent since 1990, and by 14.5 percent since 2000.
Member pulp and paper mills decreased their on-site fossil fuel use, per ton of product, by 30 percent between 1990 and 2010. Between 2008 and 2010 specifically, the amount of fossil fuel used per ton of production was reduced by 3.8 percent.
At wood products facilities, renew- able biomass fuels provided 78 percent of energy required in 2010.
For more information, read pages 8-10 of the 2012 AF&PA Sustainability Report.
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