Sappi Increases Renewable Energy Usage

Jan 17, 2019 4:00 PM ET
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The following offers a view of our annual performance in important areas of environmental and social responsibility. We monitor key metrics for fiber, emissions, energy usage and the impact of our operations on air, water and solid waste. We use this data to set improvement goals for our operations and interactions with key stakeholders.


Energy intensity, or the total energy consumed to produce a set unit of product, is a key focus of our monitoring and improvement work. Operators manage fuel usage in the steam and power generation systems at each of our mills to optimize production and cost effi ciencies and work to achieve our current five-year goal to reduce energy consumption per ton of product by 5 percent. The reported energy profiles of our Westbrook and Somerset mills reflect sales of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs). Variations in renewable energy consumption are a reflection of annual REC sales as well as fl uctuations in fuel usage. We will continue making efficiency improvements using project opportunities identifi ed by our production engineers and lean six sigma and continuous improvement teams. Note: Analysis of our energy use employs a calculation method also used by the Department of Energy and the AF&PA. In this method, energy consumption from purchased electricity is calculated in terms of fuel inputs to account for different fuel efficiencies during power generation and efficiency losses during power transmission.

Read more from Sappi North America's 2017 Sustainability Report here: