|The Myth: Making paper consumes a lot of energy.|
The Fact: Yes, but most of it is renewable energy.
Like all major manufacturing, papermaking is an energy-intensive endeavor. The most recent data from the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Agency show that the paper industry is the country's third-largest industrial user of energy. However, nearly two-thirds of the energy used by U.S. pulp and paper mills is self-generated using renewable, carbon-neutral biomass in high-efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) systems. In fact, the U.S. paper and forest products industry produces and uses more renewable energy than all other industrial sectors combined.
- The U.S. forest products industry far exceeds all other industries in the use of renewable biomass energy and is a leader in cogenerating electricity. In 2005, the forest products industry produced more than four-fifths of the total biomass energy generated by all U.S. industrial sectors.
– Agenda 20/20 Technology Alliance, U.S. Department of Energy, et.al
- The Print and Paper industry accounts for 1.1% of global carbon dioxide emissions.
– World Resources Institute
- Since 1990, total energy use per ton of production at U.S. pulp and paper mills has been reduced by 8.2 %, and purchased energy and fossil fuel use per ton of production was reduced 26%.
– American Forest and Paper Association
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