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Sappi North America Opens 2016 ‘Ideas that Matter' Call for Entries

17th Annual Grant Program Enables Social Good through Creative Design
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BOSTON, June 15, 2016 /3BL Media/ –  Sappi North America, a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, today announced its call for 2016 Ideas that Matter grant proposals, inviting designers to show the world how design, specifically print, can play an important role in changing lives for the better.

Know Paper Fact From Fiction?

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We are proud to collaborate with Two Sides North America to share this infographic that depicts how paper is made and why it is a sustainable resource for the planet. We hope that by sharing this we can help spread the word that certain misconceptions about the pulp and paper industry are not based in fact.  

Sappi North America: A Thriving, Sustainable Company With Vision

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Each year, in our annual sustainability report, we look forward to reporting our progress against goals we set to ensure that Sappi North America continues as a thriving, sustainable, re-investable company. We’re committed to keeping you informed on how we’re doing in terms of employee training and safety, key environmental metrics and, of course, financial returns.

The following highlights are just a few of the achievements accomplished in 2015:

Sappi North America Releases 2015 Sustainability Report

The seventh annual report in Sappi North America’s sustainability series highlights its excellent goal performance and a clear, aspirational vision for the future
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BOSTON, April 28, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Sappi North America, a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, has announced the release of its 2015 Sustainability Report. The report showcases Sappi’s industry leading sustainability performance.

Sappi’s Laura Thompson Explains Why 2014 was a Pivotal Year of Change for the Paper Industry

2014 was a critical year for foundation building and refinement to position Sappi North America for the sustained future of Sappi’s employees, customers, investors and communities. Sappi's sustainability expert Laura Thompson reflects on the past year.
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For Sappi North America, 2014 may long be remembered as a pivotal year of change. We saw a merger of two of the biggest merchants in our supply chain as well as our two largest competitors. Coated paper markets struggled, a global economic slowdown hurt the sales of release papers, and dissolving pulp prices took a sharp downward turn. While it certainly had its challenges, 2014 was also a critical year for foundation building and refinement to position Sappi for the next generation.

A Driving Force for Social Responsibility and Change

Sappi takes a very active approach to social responsibility, driving key initiatives in support of our three key stakeholder groups: our employees, our customers and the local communities in which we operate.
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One of the ways we improve the lives of people is by promoting freedom of association, nondiscrimination and the abolition of forced and child labor. We also uphold the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sappi Limited has been a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) since 2008. We submit an annual communication on progress that describes our company’s ongoing efforts to support the social and environmental principles of the UNGC. This report can be found at sappi.com under the “Group Sustainability” section.

Giving Waste New Meaning

Managing our solid waste and finding ways to minimize it remains a focus at all of Sappi North America’s mills.
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The conversion of the Cloquet pulp mill to manufacture dissolving pulp resulted in increased quantities of lime mud due to the cooking requirements of this higher-purity pulp. The impact of this change can be seen in both the total solid waste to landfill and the tonnes of solid waste processed through the Cloquet Mill’s beneficial use program with local farmers. Lime mud and boiler ash are used as a soil amendment to help farmers raise the soil pH, improving growing conditions for certain crops.

Conserving Water in North American Mills

All pulp and paper mills in North America use and treat water in accordance with comprehensive environmental permits.
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Sappi's 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, where it goes through additional purification and is then returned to Lake Superior.) We returned almost 93 percent of the water we used, creating a minimal water footprint. Water that is “consumed” in our operations is primarily made up of water lost to the environment due to evaporation during the paper drying process and a small amount of moisture contained in our finished products.

Creating a Minimal Footprint with Renewable Energy

In Sappi's 2012 report, we adopted a calculation method used by the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA).
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In this method, energy consumption from purchased electricity is calculated in terms of fuel inputs to account for different fuel efficiencies during power generation and efficiency losses in power transmission. 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

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.

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