Beyond forests, we have many connections to our natural world. Our manufacturing process needs resources such as water and energy to make our products, and these operations produce waste and emissions. We recognize these connections and work to reduce our impact on the planet.
Manufacturing Excellence is core to our success, but our most valuable connection is with our employees and ensuring their safety and well-being. We will not be satisfied until we are an accident-free workplace. Our goal of an accident-free workplace is just one of International Paper’s 12 voluntary sustainability goals. This section outlines our commitment and progress toward our goals most closely connected to manufacturing.
Of all of International Paper’s activities, manufacturing has the largest impact on the environment. So we measure progress against our targets for manufacturing in terms of efficiency and energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, fiber loss, waste and the safety of our workplace.
“Our sustainability commitment extends beyond the forests to include manufacturing and supply chain excellence.”Russell V. Harris, Vice President, Manfuacturing Coated Paperboard
In 2013, energy efficiency in our mills improved by 3.5 percent compared with our 2010 baseline, a reduction of 9 trillion BTUs.
Our impact on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions starts in the forest, well before our manufacturing process.
We are continuously looking at our facilities and the areas where we operate to identify opportunities to reduce our use of this natural resource and identify potential risk to the water supply.
Wood fiber is the single-largest component in the manufacturing of our paper and pulp products.
The new standard uses Manufacturing Excellence principles to maximize efficiency and minimize waste, and is aligned with our newly adopted solid waste sustainability goal.
The strongest connection we have in our company is with each other and that connection means we are strongly committed to our environmental, health, safety and sustainability practices and performance.