BOSTON – Sappi Fine Paper North America announced today the grant recipients of its 15th annual Ideas that Matter program, aimed at helping designers create and implement print projects for charitable causes. Since 1999, Ideas that Matter has funded over 500 nonprofit projects, contributing more than $12.5 million to causes that use design as a positive force in society.
The waters of the Presumpscot River in Maine play a critical role for Sappi’s Westbrook Mill. In addition to providing process water for the operations, Sappi’s six hydroelectric stations provide renewable energy to the mill. The communities bordering the Presumpscot value this river as much as Sappi does, and the company’s presence impacts the communities in a variety of ways.
Congratulations to Laura M. Thompson, Ph. D., Director, Technical Marketing and Sustainable Development, Sappi Fine Paper North America
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 28, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Congratulations to Laura M. Thompson, Ph. D., Director, Technical Marketing and Sustainable Development, Sappi Fine Paper North America, and the recipient of the 2013 William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award.
Established in 1990, this award is named for environmental pioneer and researcher Dr. William D. Schaeffer, who is celebrated in the industry for his contributions to environmental issues.
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 together that have benefits across all three aspects, we know we’re on the right track.
Sappi takes a very active approach to social responsi¬bility, driving key initiatives in support of our three key stakeholder groups: our employees, our customers and the local communities in which we operate.
One of the ways in which 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.
We have continued to make improvements in reducing solid waste to landfill.
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. These materials help farmers raise the pH of soil, creating better growing conditions for certain crops.
All pulp and paper mills in North America use and treat water in accordance with comprehensive environmental permits.
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 through evaporation to the atmosphere. While our water usage was up slightly in 2013, our water quality indicators (BOD and TSS) remained flat or improved as reflected below.
SFPNA has had a major focus on the reduction of fossil fuels and the emissions associated with combustion.
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 below industry average for SO2 emissions and have continued to make further reductions.
One hundred percent of our fiber is procured in accordance with the SFI® Fiber Sourcing standard as well as the FSC® Controlled Wood standard.
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 certified by one or more standards, which is reflected in higher FSC® fiber numbers as well as higher “triple certified” fiber.