Seaman Paper Company Wins 2015 AF&PA Sustainability Award for Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Recognized for Soft Steps Forward Initiative
Seaman Paper Company was recognized as a leader in sustainability before top industry executives at the American Forest & Paper Association’s (AF&PA) 2015 annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 13 in San Antonio, Texas.
AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman and Board Chairman Mark Gardner presented the association’s award to Seaman Paper President & CEO George Jones. Mr. Jones accepted a Leadership in Sustainability Award for Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction for our Soft Steps Forward Initiative. Seaman Paper is one of only seven companies to receive a 2015 AF&PA Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Award.
"Seaman Paper’s achievements in advancing their energy efficiency are a testament to their perseverance and ingenuity, which is sure to lead to continuous improvement in years to come," said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.
As part of our Soft Steps Forward Initiative, we committed to decrease our purchased fuel and electricity dependency. Seaman Paper now produces 97 percent of our steam requirements from carbon-neutral biomass, and installed a backpressure turbine that runs on steam to meet our electricity needs. These measures helped decrease our total energy cost despite the sharp increases in oil and electricity costs over the past decade.
AF&PA member company applicants are considered in two categories. Projects that support progress toward the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals qualify for recognition in the "Leadership" category, which has five subcategories that correspond to the goals: Paper Recovery for Recycling, Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Sustainable Forest Management, Safety, and Water. The “Innovation in Sustainability” award is reserved for projects that merit recognition for their contribution to sustainable business practices, not one of the goals specifically.
AF&PA releases its sustainability report every other year. The 2014 Sustainability Report showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturing industry has made significant, measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals.
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, 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 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org.