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Climate Change Statement

Climate change, also called global warming, refers to any significant change in measures of the earth’s climate, such as temperature, precipitation or wind that persist for decades or longer.  

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Climate change, also called global warming, refers to any significant change in measures of the earth’s climate, such as temperature, precipitation or wind that persist for decades or longer.  Climate change may be caused by natural factors or processes, such as changes in the sun’s intensity or changes in ocean circulation or by human activities that affect the composition of the earth’s atmosphere, such as burning fossil fuels which release greenhouse gases.

Greenhouse gases prevent heat from escaping earth to space and are necessary for life on the planet. Growing public concerns about the impact of these activities on our environment have brought attention to society’s actions to reduce these emissions.

International Paper uses a four-pronged approach in addressing the challenges posed by global climate change.

  • Understanding our footprint. We track our global GHG emissions and report them annually through our participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders program, the EU ETS, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) and various state, regional and national reporting programs.
  • Encouraging balanced climate policy. International Paper participates in climate discussions at the regional, national and international levels to encourage balanced public policies that recognize the importance of forest sustainability, the carbon neutrality of biomass, pulp and paper manufacturing jobs and international competitiveness. In this manner, we will continue to engage in comprehensive dialogue on climate and energy issues toward a goal of well-constructed policies that are beneficial to the environment and International Paper.
  • Investing in the future. We continue to invest in efforts to conserve energy, reduce our fossil fuel use and increase our use of bioenergy.
  • Learning by doing. We participate in GHG trading programs that are helping us better understand how to reduce GHG emissions in a cost effective manner. We participate in the European Union’s carbon trading system through our European mills, and we helped develop a well-functioning market for carbon trading as a founding member of the CCX.

For more information on International Paper's commitments to carbon dioxide reduction targets, please visit the following links.

Climate Leaders
Chicago Climate Exchange

Learn more about how our company is managing climate change.