Published on : Tuesday, July 31, 2018
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recently released its 2018 Sustainability Report, which highlights the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry’s contributions to sustainability across the value chain, including members’ progress toward achieving the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals.
The full sustainability report, a video of highlights and other information are available at the official site of AF&PA.
“We are pleased to represent companies that advance economic, environmental and social values,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “Their commitment led them to achieve the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 goals to improve energy efficiency and worker safety ahead of schedule.” Added Donna.
“On behalf of all AF&PA members, I am proud of the progress we’ve made together,” said John Rooney, CEO of GEC Packaging Technologies and chairman of the AF&PA Board of Directors. “We are committed to continuing our industry’s sustainability leadership while making essential products for everyday life.” John concluded.
2018 AF&PA Sustainability Report highlights:
• AF&PA member purchased energy per ton of production was reduced by 11.6 percent surpassing the goal of at least 10 percent improvement in purchased energy efficiency ahead of the 2020 deadline.
• Members’ safety incidence rate is 36.3 percent better than the 2006 baseline. While members have surpassed the 25 percent improvement goal, they are continuing to work on the aspirational goal of zero workplace injuries.
• Members reduced greenhouse gas emissions from their facilities by 19.9 percent, nearly reaching their goal to achieve a 20 percent reduction in emissions.
• Member facilities are often located in rural communities where they frequently serve as the largest employer. More than 75 percent of all U.S. pulp and paper mills are in counties that are more than 80 percent rural.
• Most AF&PA members have programs in place to support their employees’ continuing education and career development efforts and offer internships and apprenticeships to attract a new generation of workers to the industry.