The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has 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 https://sustainability.afandpa.org.
Highlights from the 2018 AF&PA Sustainability Report include:
- 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.