The members of the Northwest Pulp & Paper Association are committed to a balanced approach that provides the products people want, the jobs people need and the environmental safeguards we all value.
Over the past two decades, our members have made remarkable strides in environmental performance. Water use has dropped dramatically, greenhouse gas emissions have been cut by 40 percent or more, and two-thirds of the energy used in paper mills nationwide is from renewable sources. In fact, WestRock's Longview mill in Washington gets almost 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources.
With modern technology, environmental compliance standards are higher than ever before. In some cases water quality is now measured in parts per quadrillion. That’s equivalent to a single drop in 1,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. To achieve those standards, our members have collectively invested hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade their environmental equipment and technology.
The improvements in environmental technology and performance have been dramatic, but NWPPA members are on track to do even better in the years ahead.