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Spotlight in Brief: 2020 Sustainability Award Winner for Sustainable Water Use

Leadership in Sustainability Award: Sustainable Water Use

Member Spotlight Sappi North America

Water is an essential part of the pulp and papermaking process, making water stewardship critical.

AF&PA member Sappi North America, a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and pulp, is challenging industry standards and innovating new methods for sustainability by repurposing and reducing waste at all locations.

At their Somerset mill in Skowhegen, Maine, Sappi’s “Caustic Reclaim and Reuse” project focused on reducing the cost of the Somerset mill’s boiler flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) and volume of purchased caustic.

The mill achieved both: reducing the amount of purchased caustic by 660 tons per year and overall mill water use by 12,000 gallons per day.

The reduction process method has surpassed the industry standard, which benefits the mill’s fiscal position and helps the Somerset mill meet its environmental ambitions and maintain a positive relationship with the surrounding community.

Learn more about AF&PA’s Sustainability Initiative.

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