State of the Industry

October 27 - 30, 2019 | St. Louis, Missouri

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State of the Industry

10:30am - 12:00pm
Monday, October 28, 2019

Advancing a Sustainable U.S. Pulp, Paper, Packaging, Tissue
and Wood Products Manufacturing Industry

2018 AF & PA
AF&PA Sustainability Report

Jerry Schwartz

Jerry Schwartz

Senior Director, Energy & Environmental Policy
American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)

Hear how the industry has responded to AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative and discover how to help your mill reach its
sustainability goals.

The sustainability initiative includes six key goals:

Energy Efficiency - Improve purchased energy efficiency by at least 10%
Paper Recovery for Recycling - Increase paper recovery for recycling to exceed 70%
Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20%
Worker Safety - Improve worker safety incidence rate by 25%, with a vision of achieving zero injuries
Sustainable Forestry - Increase fiber procured from certified forest lands and through certified sourcing programs, and work to reduce illegal logging worldwide
Water Use - Reduce pulp and paper mill water use by at least 12%


About the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Learn more at