Submitted by: Phil Riebel 07/22/2013
A study released this week by the World Resources Institute (WRI) suggests that Midwest pulp and paper mill energy efficiency could be improved, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions avoided, and money saved by making a few changes in technology and process. We appreciate the study’s focus on energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction, as we have made improving purchased energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gases two of the goals in our industry-wide Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative. Based on data collected from AF&PA members, pulp and paper mills in the Midwest have a similar profile as those across the nation. From our perspective, the study’s suggested improvements are not as simple as reported.