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AF&PA Underscores Support for EPA’s Smart Sectors Program; Thanks Agency for Adding Paper and Wood Products Module

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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock underscored AF&PA’s strong support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Smart Sectors Program and expressed appreciation to the Agency for showcasing paper and wood products manufacturing in a new sector snapshot. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the addition of a paper and wood products module to the Smart Sectors program on April 16, 2020. 

AF&PA President and CEO Heidi Brock said, “EPA’s Smart Sectors program deserves to be commended for providing valuable information illustrating paper and wood products manufacturer’s contributions to sustainability and significant environmental progress, including per dollar value of goods produced. As one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the nation, we appreciate having our economic and environmental performance showcased in a readily accessible, interactive platform. For example, greenhouse gases and sulfur dioxide emissions are down 20 percent and 67 percent respectively from 2005 to 2016.  That winning combination will help inform various stakeholders about our sector’s work to protect the environment as our industry provides high-paying jobs in rural communities. The paper and wood products sector supports approximately 950,000 direct and nearly three million indirect jobs to make products essential to everyday life.”

The paper and wood products industry sector snapshot joins those highlighting automotive manufacturing, iron and steel, chemical manufacturing and utilities and power generation. Information on EPA’s Smart Sectors Program and the sector snapshots can be access at:

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recyclable resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative —Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $350 billion in products annually and employs about 925,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of about $65 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 43 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper