Sustainability | Energy & Climate
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2015 Achievement

Reduced absolute
GHG emissions by

7.2%

exceeding 5% target

2022 goal

achieve a minimum

20%

absolute
reduction

in greenhouse gases

versus 2005 baseline

See how we’re making a difference

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SMART 

GROWTH

Innovation and Global Collaboration is driving growth, creating efficiencies and continuously evolving our manufacturing.

By working together across the globe, we're making smart decisions about how we grow with a focus on reducing our impact on the environment.


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What we're doing

Energy Conservation

More than 30 of our manufacturing facilities are adopting a system called LEAN Energy Management, in which team members closely monitor energy consumption and challenge themselves to reduce it.


Alternative Energy

Biomass — a renewable, organic material, such as wood waste — is considered a carbon-neutral fuel. We are using responsibly-sourced biomass to generate energy at a number of our mills around the world as one alternative to fossil fuels. For instance, we are generating electricity and steam at our mill in Mobile, Alabama and steam to help power our operations at mills in Correia Pinto in Brazil and Sitio del Niño in EL Salvador.


In addition, we have introduced co-generation at a number of our mills. This technology utilizes clean-burning natural gas to generate electricity while recovering wasteheat to improve operational efficiencies.


Not only does our award-winning co-generation facility help reduce co2 emissions, it also helps save money through efficiency. The project has challenged us to think about what else we can do to drive both business and sustainability results."

Scott Whicker

Mill Manager,
Millicent Mill,
Australia

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ENGINEERING 

POWER

Since 2008 our engineers have been using Landfill gas to generate power and make operations more efficient.

Landfills play a critical role in waste management, but as waste decomposes, it releases methane – a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.


What if there was a way to minimize methane from seeping into the atmosphere? What if there was a way to put it to good use?


Those are the questions our engineers have been asking.


In 2008, we implemented a renewable biomass energy project at our largest manufacturing site in the world, Beech Island Mill in South Carolina to reclaim landfill gas to power operations.


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Gas is cleaned on-site at the Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority Landfill.

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Our Beech island Mill receives the gas through a pipeline more than 15 miles (24 kilometres) long.

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We burn the gas along with natural gas to generate steam and power the production process.

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Matt campanaro, Environmental sustainability manager, beech island mill in south carolina, U.S.

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