The Myth: Making paper consumes a lot of energy.
The Fact: Yes, but most of it is renewable energy.
Like all major manufacturing, papermaking is an energy-intensive endeavor. The most recent data from the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Agency show that the paper industry is the country’s third-largest industrial user of energy. However, nearly two-thirds of the energy used by U.S. pulp and paper mills is self-generated using renewable, carbon-neutral biomass in high-efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) systems. In fact, the U.S. paper and forest products industry produces and uses more renewable energy than all other industrial sectors combined.