The new sustainability report from the American Forest and Paper Association outlines the following key U.S. industry accomplishment:
Increased paper recovery to 66.8 percent in 2011, nearly doubling our rate of paper recovery since 1990.
Reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by 10.5 percent since 2005.
Reduced Occupational Safety & Health Administration case incident rates by 24 percent since 2006.
Improved energy efficiency in purchased energy use by 8.1 percent since 2005, while producing 2/3 of our energy using carbon neutral biomass.
Increased fiber produced from certified forestlands to 24 percent and increased fiber procured through certified fiber sourcing programs to 96 percent. AF & PA and its members also continued to work with governments and stakeholders on effective policies to combat illegal logging.
Reduced water used at member pulp and paper mills by 6 percent since 2005. AF & PA members also have established a new goal to reduce water use by 12 percent by 2020, measuring that progress through effluent discharge as a surrogate for water use.