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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) shared a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal of 20 percent by the year 2020 under its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 initiative.

The project includes one of the most extensive sets of sustainability goals established for a U.S. manufacturing industry. In its 2016 Sustainability Report, AF&PA announced that GHG emissions from member facilities were reduced by 16 percent, surpassing the 15 percent reduction goal ahead of schedule.

AF&PA launched Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 in March 2011 with a suite of sustainability goals for improvement from a baseline of 2005: increase energy efficiency by at least 10 percent, reduce GHG emissions by at least 15 percent, promote sustainable forestry, improve workplace incidence rate by 25 percent (baseline 2006) and reduce water use by 12 percent, while also committing to exceed a 70 percent rate of paper recovery for recycling. The target year to reach these goals is 2020.

Published in the March 2017 Edition of American Recycler News