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Clearwater Paper Wins 2018 AF&PA Sustainability Award for Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction

Nov 12, 2018

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Recognized for Lewiston Pulp Optimization Project

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognized Clearwater Paper with a 2018 AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Award for Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction for their Lewiston Pulp Optimization Project. The award was presented at AF&PA’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 9 in Dallas, Texas.

“By investing in a substantial infrastructure upgrade, Clearwater Paper’s Lewiston mill drastically reduced their energy needs and associated GHG emissions,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.

Clearwater Paper replaced an old Kraft batch digester system at their Lewiston, Idaho pulp mill with a continuous digester that significantly reduced the mill’s reliance on fossil fuels. The company saved more than 100,000 pounds per hour of steam compared to the previous batch process—an estimated reduction of 150,000 tons of GHG emissions per year, which is equivalent to removing approximately 30,000 passenger vehichles from the road (Source: Environmental Protetction Agency). Their reduced energy needs are expected to avoid the same amount of GHG emissions per year going forward.

“On behalf of Clearwater Paper and everyone at our Lewiston mill, thank you to AF&PA for recognizing our Lewiston Pulp Optimization Project,” said Clearwater Paper President and CEO Linda Massman. “We look forward to the benefits this project will continue to have on the sustainability of our operations.”

Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry, AF&PA’s annual awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories.

Projects that support progress toward the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals qualify for recognition in the “Leadership” category, which has five subcategories that correspond to the goals: Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Paper Recovery for Recycling, Safety, Sustainable Forest Management and Water. The “Innovation in Sustainability” award is reserved for projects that merit recognition for their contribution to sustainable business practices, not one of the goals specifically.

AF&PA’s 2018 Sustainability Report showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry has made significant, measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals. For more information, visit

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About AF&PA
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue 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 four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper. 

About Clearwater Paper
Clearwater Paper manufactures quality consumer tissue, away-from-home tissue, parent roll tissue, bleached paperboard and pulp at manufacturing facilities across the nation. The company is a premier supplier of private label tissue to major retailers and wholesale distributors, including grocery, drug, mass merchants and discount stores. In addition, the company produces bleached paperboard used by quality-conscious printers and packaging converters, and offers services that include custom sheeting, slitting and cutting. Clearwater Paper's employees build shareholder value by developing strong customer partnerships through quality and service. Please go to for more information.