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What is the Environmental Impact of the Paper Industry?

We answered some common questions about the U.S. paper industry and its environmental impact. Dive in to explore how our industry is committed to sustainable manufacturing practices.

Forest Products Industry Testifies in Support of Legislative Action to Improve Air Quality Standards

AF&PA and AWC testified today before the House Energy and Commerce Committee urging legislative action to modernize U.S. air quality programs. We stand ready to work with the Administration to strengthen and support sustainable air regulations.

AF&PA and AWC Respond to EPA’s PM NAAQS Rule

The American Forest & Paper Association and American Wood Council responded to the EPA’s updated National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter. This unworkable PM NAAQS rule undermines President Biden's promise to grow and reshore manufacturing jobs.

Industry CEOs Warn of Dire Economic Consequences from Proposed NAAQS Standards

AF&PA joined leaders of over 70 trade groups representing businesses across the economy in urging the Biden administration to maintain the existing National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5). The letter warned that moving forward with EPA’s proposed…

Why EPA Should Not Finalize the Particulate Matter NAAQS Standard

EPA is proposing an update to their National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter, PM2.5. However, their proposal threatens manufacturing industries, including the paper industry. Lowering the standard would threaten or prevent modernization projects and other major…

2030 Goal Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our goal to reduce GHG emissions will double the significant progress AF&PA members have made to date.

Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 Goals Print Brochure

Our ambitious new set of goals, Better Practices, Better Planet 2030, will further advance the role our industry plays in the circular economy and build on our achievements to improve our planet, our people and our communities.

AF&PA 2020 Sustainability Report

AF&PA members have met or exceeded many of the sustainability goals we set in 2011. See our progress in the latest Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Report.

Modernize Air Permitting To Enable Manufacturing

This chart helps identify ways EPA could make improvements to the air permitting process and implementation tools.

AF&PA Commends EPA on Finalizing New Source Review Project Emissions Accounting Rule

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) New Source Review (NSR) project emissions accounting (PEA) rule, which was finalized today. 

AF&PA Applauds EPA‘s Proposed Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) Rule

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) proposed rule.

AF&PA Applauds EPA Proposal to Balance Benefits and Costs of Air Quality Regulations

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of a proposed rulemaking (EPA-HQ-OAR-2020-00044) on how EPA considers benefits and costs in…