Sustainability Report 2013: Energy

We remain committed to a 10 percent improvement in energy intensity
Jun 9, 2014 9:00 AM ET

In our 2012 report, we adopted a calculation method that is used by the Department of Energy and the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA). In this method, energy consumption from purchased electricity is calculated in terms of fuel inputs to account for efficiency losses in generating and transmitting power. The equivalent energy value is represented in terms of sources as per power supplier provided data. Our Westbrook Mill does not buy power and the mill energy profile reflects sales of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). In 2013 we modified the pulping process at Cloquet to manufacture dissolving wood pulp, a process that requires more energy and produces a product at a lower yield (fewer tons of output). As a result the overall energy intensity at that mill has increased; this change in operations is reflected in our performance data. We remain committed to a 10 percent improvement in energy intensity. During the pulp mill conversion, the Cloquet mill utilized higher levels of natural gas than in prior years. With the project now complete, we will see an increase in renewable energy at that location in 2014.

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