2016 AF&PA Sustainability Report


This report showcases the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry’s commitment to sustainability across the value chain, including progress toward achieving the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals.

2016 AF&PA Sustainability Report highlights:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions from AF&PA member facilities were reduced by 16 percent, surpassing the 15 percent reduction goal ahead of schedule.
  • The safety incidence rate was improved by 40.8 percent, surpassing the 25 percent improvement goal. The industry’s vision remains one of zero workplace injuries.
  • Over 63 percent of paper consumed in the U.S. has been recovered for recycling for each of the past seven years, reaching a record 66.8 percent in 2015.
  • Pulp and paper mills self-generate, on average, about two-thirds of their energy needs from biomass and renewable fuels.
  • The paper and wood products manufacturing industry uses combined heat and power technology to generate 97.6 percent of the electricity it produces on site.
  • Water used by mills for production of paper and wood products is reused ten times, on average.

Please follow the link below for a detailed overview of the industry’s progress, including the full report, a video of highlights and other materials.