Sustainability Report 2013

Sustainability Report 2013

At Sappi, we embrace a holistic vision of sustainability as defined by the Brundtland Commission: "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." We recognize that strong, sustainable companies don't merely manage against quarterly financial targets—they invest in the PEOPLE they employ, they make commitments to protect the PLANET from the wasteful use of natural resources and they have a clear vision to achieve profitable growth and PROSPERITY for current and future generations.

Sappi Limited, our global parent, has a demonstrated track record of managing against the Three P's—People, Planet and Prosperity. In 2005 we established one of the first ever sustainability charters in our industry. Over 80% of the energy used by Sappi's North American mills comes from renewable resources, and as a result we have the lowest reported greenhouse gas emissions amongst the major North American coated freesheet suppliers. Additionally, all of our North American mills are triple certified by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC certified paper), Forest Stewardship CouncilTM (FSC® certified paper) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI® certified paper).

Our sustainability platform is science-based and focused on continuous improvement. We have established five year goals and are committed to public reporting of our progress against these goals. As providers of FSC® certified paper and SFI® certified paper, we work each and every day at manufacturing, distributing and disposing of our products in responsible and sustainable ways. Additionally, we are committed to helping all of our partners—merchants, printers, corporate end-users and designers—understand the true footprint of our business so that they can trust that when they do business with us, they are doing business with the leader in the industry.

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Treading Lightly: Check out Sappi's Sustainability Report to See How Our Water Return is Over 90%, Creating a Minimal Footprint
Our North American mills use only surface water sources (rivers and lakes) and return treated water to the same primary source. (At Cloquet we return the water to a publicly owned treatment facility which then returns to Lake Superior.) Our water return is over 90 percent of intake, creating a minimal water footprint. Water that is “consumed” in our operations is primarily that which is lost...
Dec 30, 2014 8:30 AM ET
Below Industry Average, In a Good Way: Read More About Sappi's 40% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Intensity
We exceeded an aggressive five-year goal of a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity in just three years. We had the recovery boiler out of service this year at Cloquet due to planned outages for capital improvements. As a result, our greenhouse gas emissions were slightly higher than 2012, but we are still exceeding our goal and well ahead of industry average. We remain well...
Dec 24, 2014 8:30 AM ET
Held to Fiber Standards: Read More About Sappi's Conversion to Dissolving Pulp
These third-party certification programs provide assurance that wood-based products have been procured from well-managed forests and are legally harvested. In 2013 we converted our pulp mill at the Cloquet facility to manufacture dissolving pulp; as such, we are purchasing more kraft fiber than in prior years to support the papermaking operations at that mill. All of our purchased pulp was...
Dec 17, 2014 8:30 AM ET
Sappi Finds Better Opportunities for Solid Waste - Check Out the Full Report
In 2013 our Somerset mill had a breakthrough in optimizing the lime kiln (see p.30) which resulted in less lime mud waste. In addition, reduced solid fuel rates led to less boiler ash being landfilled. Our mill in Cloquet, Minnesota, has developed a beneficial use program with the local agricultural extension program and provides boiler ash and lime mud as a soil amendment to local farmers....
Dec 10, 2014 8:30 AM ET
Sappi's Laura Thompson Breaks Down the Three Elements of Sustainability: Environmental, Social and Economic Responsibility. Read her Letter here.
All too often I hear the word “sustainability” used loosely to represent environmental performance. It bothers me because I believe it is important for people to recognize all three elements of sustainability: environmental, social and economic responsibility. At Sappi we constantly strive to balance these issues while juggling near- and long-term business strategies. When projects come...
Dec 3, 2014 8:30 AM ET