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Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The forest products industry was among the first to take voluntary action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. On average, about 2/3 of the energy used at paper and wood products mills comes from biomass.

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Understanding the Carbon Footprint of Paper Products

Forests and the products made from them offset more than 13% of all annual U.S. carbon dioxide emissions each year.  And the industry is taking steps to reduce emissions in manufacturing. 

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Tissue With Environment
in Mind

Georgia-Pacific's Quilted Northern brand saves 30% more water and uses 30% less energy by using innovative technology to squeeze more water from tissue paper before drying.

Improving Energy Efficiency

In 2020, members purchased energy decreased by 13.3%. Investments to upgrade manufacturing energy efficiency and use of biomass as a renewable energy source helped members surpass this goal.

Improving Water Use

Water is an essential part of the pulp and papermaking process. AF&PA members are constantly striving to find new ways to reduce and reuse. Between 2005 and 2020, AF&PA members reduced water use by 8.3%.

Paper and wood products help keep lands forested, store carbon, are biodegradable, and support our nation’s recycling system.

Sustainable Forestry

Sustainably managed forests provide environmental, economic and social benefits. They capture carbon from the atmosphere and provide fiber for products Americans rely on every day.

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How the Paper Industry Champions Sustainable Forestry

Most working forests in the U.S. are on private land. These are owned by individuals, families, small and large businesses. Many of these forests have been in families for generations.

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Family Forests – The Key to Certified Success

Through major investments in regional programs, Evergreen Packaging is reducing barriers and increasing access for small landowners to participate in forest certification programs.

Increasing Paper Recycling

The paper industry has a consistently high recycling rate, meeting or exceeding 63% each year since 2009. About 80% of U.S. paper mills use some recycled paper fiber to make renewable products.

Improving Worker Safety

Safety excellence is a top priority for AF&PA and our member companies. In 2020, member company recordable incidence rate was 30% lower than the 2006 baseline.

Member Spotlight: Resolute

Once thought to be among the most abundant fish species in Quebec, the American eel is in decline. Resolute is engaged in a project to create an eel-friendly area for the species to recolonize.

Photo Credits: Resolute Forest Products and WestRock