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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) release of its proposed Accounting Framework for Biogenic CO2 Emissions and policy memorandum.
“We appreciate that EPA has released its biogenic CO2 accounting framework at long last. It appears that EPA has recognized our industry’s sustainable use of manufacturing residuals as carbon neutral. This is consistent with scientific studies showing the use of manufacturing residuals provides greenhouse gas reduction benefits equal to removing 35 million cars from the road when taking into account fossil fuel displacement and avoidance of additional methane emissions from disposal.
“Paper and wood products and the way our industry produces and uses biomass energy are all part of the sustainable carbon cycle.
“We look forward to completing an in-depth analysis of the documents released today to fully understand the finer details and to participate in upcoming public comment opportunities.”
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Framework available on EPA's website here:
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.