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How to Exceed Your 5-year Emissions Goal One Year Early

For several years, Sappi North America has had a major focus on the reduction of fossil fuels and the emissions associated with combustion.
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Intensity is a term that describes the usage of resources for, or output from, the manufacture of a set unit of product. We exceeded an aggressive five-year goal of a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity in just three years and are now working to reduce energy intensity. Overall, our performance in 2014 against these key emissions metrics was in line with 2013. A markedly colder winter impacted fuel consumption, slightly increasing our sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions, but we remain significantly below the industry average as reported by AF&PA.

Held to High Fiber Standards

One hundred percent of Sappi North America's fiber is procured in accordance with the SFI® Fiber Sourcing standard as well as the FSC® Controlled Wood standard.
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These third-party certification programs provide assurance that wood-based products have been procured from well-managed forests and are legally harvested. In 2014, we purchased more kraft fiber than historic levels to support the papermaking operations in Cloquet after the 2013 conversion of that pulp mill to dissolving wood pulp. All of our purchased pulp was certified by one or more standards, which is reflected in the higher percentage of “triple certified” fiber and in part responsible for us reaching our five-year goal one year ahead of schedule.

Boosting Brand Awareness in the Digital Age

Sappi North America’s investments extend far beyond operations and infrastructure.
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In 2014, we invested significant resources in customer communications in order to increase brand awareness and drive sustainable performance for our business.

Strong Community Engagement: A Recipe for Business Success

Wherever Sappi operates, we work closely with surrounding communities to align interests.
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Strong engagement with local institutions, organizations and partners creates a mutual advantage for our company and the areas where we live and work.

Reaching the Fullest Potential in the Workforce Through Safety, Well-Being and Expertise

The safety, well-being and expertise of all employees is critical to the success of Sappi North America.
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Through our innovative safety culture, health and wellness programs and ongoing training, we are able to attract and retain highly skilled people and help them realize their fullest potential in the organization.

Extending the Life of Paper

Paper products are often described as inherently sustainable—recyclable products made from renewable resources that are produced using renewable energy.
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At Sappi we are also committed to sustainable or “smart” consumption of paper, eliminating wasteful use. Only by using paper wisely and purposefully can we be assured of meeting growing demand for generations to come.

Curbing Environmental Concerns

Climate change and greenhouse gas emissions remain top of mind for many stakeholder groups.
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In fact, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) identified climate change as the most common issue of materiality across all industries. Their research found that climate change is material in 50 of the 57 industries for which they have issued standards to date. The wood products industry is no exception.

Beyond environmental concerns, energy is a major cost driver in our industry, and excessive energy costs have been cited as a major factor in the recent closure of several US pulp and paper mills.

Ensuring the Happy, Healthy Future of Our Forests

Responsible manufacturing begins with responsible procurement.
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For the wood products industry, it is paramount that our natural resources are used sustainably. Wood supplies the bulk of renewable energy that drives our mills, and cellulose fibers comprise the primary ingredient in our paper and pulp products, making healthy and abundant forests critical to the long-term viability of each of our core businesses.

Papermaking: Doing More with Less

In order to thrive in an ever-changing world, companies must constantly review their business strategies.
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Sustainable production and consumption depends on using materials and energy efficiently so that there are ample resources available for future generations. Consideration must be given to the full life cycle of a service or product to fully understand its impact. At Sappi, we take a holistic view of papermaking and understand that our sphere of influence extends beyond our mill gates from responsible sourcing through to the end of life of our products.

Sappi’s Jennifer Miller Talks Shop: Ensuring a Sustainable Future in the Papermaking Industry

Jennifer Miller has served as Chief Sustainability Officer since 2009 and is the company officer responsible for aligning sustainability strategy and goals with business plans across the company’s business units.
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Jennifer Miller discussed highlights of 2014 performance and what Sappi North America is doing to insure a sustainable future across all four of its businesses in this Q&A.

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