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What strides are American corrugated industry businesses making to reduce their Carbon Footprint?

Picture16While sustainability leaders such as RockTenn are experiencing some progress — it reported a 4 percent reduced energy use in 2010-11 — by implementing several changes across multiple operations, WPS Global customers are seeing better results by implementing one custom-developed solution within each plant. The WPS Global installation requires zero effort or employee resources on the customer’s part and shows positive results after just one month after installation. And, WPS Global guarantees its system will reduce the facility’s energy usage by 10 percent and produce enduring electrical savings for up to 15 years.

Read on to find out how much progress the U.S. corrugated industry is making toward sustainability and what you can do to make better progress and a faster return on your investment.

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According to FEFCO (European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers), the European corrugated sector has decreased the Carbon Footprint by 4.8 percent between 2009 and 2011. This is on top of a reduction by 11.7 percent between 2006 and 2008. The organization attributes the reduction mainly due to a considerable drop in electricity usage by kraftliner producers.

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Here in the United States, The Responsible Package initiative says the forest products industry has made great strides in reducing its carbon footprint. Between 2000 and 2006, the industry collectively reduced its greenhouse gas intensity by 14 percent. The Responsible Package initiative is an industry-wide effort to promote the versatile and sustainable packaging solutions provided by paper-based packaging. The group reports that in the U.S., the carbon sequestered by forests and products each year is enough to offset approximately 10 percent of the country’s CO2 emissions — equivalent to removing 108 million cars from roads each year.

Making Sustainability a Priority

More and more businesses in the U.S. corrugated industry are establishing clear sustainability goals, timelines and are defining baselines from which they can measure their year-to-year progress. The trend is being adopted by individual facilities setting their own CO2-cutting goals as well as by corporate headquarters overseeing the sustainability initiatives for dozens or hundreds of locations. Among this diverse array of businesses making sustainability a priority are these companies:

RockTenn

In 2011, RockTenn established six sustainability goals to be achieved by 2020 as measured from a 2009 baseline. The company presented its goals in a report with examples of its sustainability efforts in action.

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U.S. Corrugated

In 2010, U.S. Corrugated announced that a third party audit group (NSF-ISR) confirmed it is in full compliance with the SFI Fiber Sourcing Requirements, and has solidified our SFI Certification.

Schwarz-managed Facilities

Several Schwarz-managed facilities like Freedom Corrugated, Northern Sheets, Independence Corrugated and Schwarz Packaging Partners Miami are keeping a keen eye on their energy consumption.  By installing a supply-side energy reduction system by WPS Global Inc., each of these facilities is reducing their annual kWh consumption by 10 percent, 15 percent and above thereby cutting their carbon dioxide emissions by thousands of tons each year.

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Industry-wide, WPS Global customers are perhaps enjoying the greatest strides in reducing electricity usage, costs and CO2 emissions. More than 25 corrugated industry businesses have installed a supply-side energy reduction system by WPS Global Inc.

The First Step to Making Greater Strides

The first step to assessing your facility’s capacity to reduce its CO2 effect on our environment is to have a comprehensive energy audit completed by WPS Global. Contact Bill Behrmann, senior system designer, to get the details.