Leadership in Sustainability Award: Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Member Spotlight: Resolute Forest Products
The paper and wood products industry was among the first U.S. manufacturing sectors to take voluntary action to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As part of the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 goals initiative, in 2018, AF&PA members reduced GHG emissions — measured in carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2eq) per ton of product — by 23.2 percent from the 2005 baseline.
In 2011, AF&PA member Resolute set one of the industry’s most ambitious GHG emission commitments – to reduce absolute GHG emissions to 65 percent of 2000 levels by 2015.
By the end of 2019, the company reported an impressive 82 percent reduction in absolute GHG emissions compared to 2000 levels. Modernization of Resolute’s Coosa Pines, Alabama mill was a major contributor to this achievement.
Resolute invested $4 million to upgrade the mill’s cogeneration turbine, and within the first full year of operation, the mill recorded a 65 percent reduction in purchased energy.
Resolute’s work to reduce GHG emissions highlights the continuous work the paper and wood products industry is making when it comes to sustainable practices.