Nov. 4, 2013
(Press Release) -
The KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation's Longview Mill has been recognized by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) as a leader in sustainability by winning an AF&PA 2013 Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Award. The awards were presented at the association's annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 1 in Charleston, S.C.
Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives, awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories. The KapStone Longview Mill is being honored with the 2013 Leadership in Sustainability - Greenhouse Gas Reduction/Energy Efficiency Award for its "One-Year Snapshot of Longview's Multi-Year Journey" project.
"KapStone's Longview Mill project is a great example of stringent business discipline and out-of-the-box thinking," said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. "The integrated solutions used by the KapStone Longview Mill demonstrate that doing what's right for business is also right for the environment."
The KapStone Longview Mill embarked on a multi-million dollar improvement project that spanned three years, contributing to the following overall results: reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 72 percent over the last decade; reduction of overall energy use by 37 percent since 2007; reduction of overall energy used per ton of paper produced by 17.6 percent since 2007; an increase of total tons of paper produced by 50 percent since 2006.
"We're extremely pleased that our commitment to environmental protection is being recognized," said Randy Nebel, president, KapStone Kraft Paper Corporation. "Our achievements so far have resulted from teamwork on the part of many skilled and dedicated people. They're also the result of our common vision, revolving around both business success and environmental protection. We believe that the two go hand-in-hand."
AF&PA releases its biennial Sustainability Report every other year, which in 2012 showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturing industry has made significant, measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative. AF&PA will release its next report in mid-2014.
AF&PA member company applicants are considered annually in two categories -
"Innovation in Sustainability" and "Leadership in Sustainability" - with five "Leadership" subcategories: Paper Recovery for Recycling, Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Sustainable Forest Management, Safety, and Water. Projects that support progress toward the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals qualify for recognition in the "Leadership" category; projects that merit recognition for their contribution to sustainable business practices but that do not specifically address one of these goals may be recognized in the "Innovation" category.
For more information about the Sustainability Awards program and AF&PA's Better Practices initiative, visit www.afandpa.org/sustainability.