As a company we began publicly sharing our sustainability objectives and performance progress nearly two decades ago. We have available extensive and detailed sustainability reports upon request. Our performance is summarised with a set of short performance indicators on our website (www.internationalpaper.com).
We are proud to be transparent. We track and report our greenhouse gas emissions through the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme. We also participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders programme, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) and various other state, regional and national reporting programmes.
International Paper is committed where possible to move beyond just regulatory compliance. As an example, we support the paper collection and recycling targets set by the European Recovered Paper Council (which is to maintain 70% recycling rate). This is achieved by promoting collection and recycling of waste paper and board through the local trade associations in all countries where we operate.
As a company, we have gone beyond emissions compliance and have reduced CO2 emissions at our mill in Saillat, France by 92% since 1990, greatly exceeding the Kyoto protocol obligation of 8%. This has greatly outperformed the paper and pulp industry as a whole which achieved a 43% reduction. In Russia we are working with the governmental authorities to further develop waste disposal legislation. International Paper is further committed by offering financial support and participating in the “Green Dot” packaging recovery and recycling schemes which operate in France, Italy, Spain, Germany and the UK, as well as the “REP”* contribution in France.