Setting Standards

Setting High Operational Standards

Our goal is 100 percent compliance with all environmental laws and regulations wherever we do business. We set annual operating goals to further reduce emissions, conserve water, and reduce chemical losses, and we’re dedicated to continuous improvement by reducing emissions as part of our Sustainability Commitment.

  • We combine continuous process improvement in a TEAM environment with technology to be innovative, safe, environmentally conscious, and profitable.
  • We build long-term relationships as valued partners to our customers and suppliers.
  • We invest to maintain reliable manufacturing operations that enhance customer and shareholder value through strategic growth and improved operational effectiveness.

Progress Toward Goals

In 2015, we continued to make progress in our efforts to meet our 2020 Sustainability Goals and worked hard to minimize our environmental footprint. We believe we are on track to meet all of our performance targets, which are based on our reported baseline year of 2010.

Energy: Direct energy (MMbtu/ton production) in 2015 was 10.45, compared to our 2020 goal of 9.84. We have reduced energy consumption annually since 2010 and reached a 4.5 percent reduction in 2015.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions: As established in our 2010 baseline year, our target is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 15 percent by 2020. In 2015, reduction projects produced an 13 percent reduction since our baseline year, compared to the 12 percent reported last year. We are not using GHG offsets to meet targets.

Critical Air Emissions (CAE): We have met or exceeded our CAE reduction goal of 25 percent by 2020. In 2015, we achieved an 8 percent reduction, with a total reduction of 57 percent from our baseline year. Air emissions are continually measured and monitored to maintain and exceed compliance with regulatory obligations.

Water: Monitoring and improving our water usage practices continues to be a priority. Our water comes from both municipal utilities and company-owned sources. We obtain more than 99 percent of the water used by our mill facilities from nearby rivers. We are reducing water use through ongoing equipment improvements and behavior-based initiatives with employees at our operations. In 2015, we reduced water usage by 1.6 percent from our 2010 baseline year. We continue to monitor water usage and have developed a strategic plan to meet our 2020 goal of a 10 percent reduction.

Generating Renewable Resources

Implementing conservation best practices within our operations is only one way we’re reducing our imprint on the environment. We also work with external stakeholders to create programs to maintain renewable resources.

Regenerating South Carolina Forests: The supply of wood as a renewable resource depends on planting tree seedlings as existing tree resources are harvested. In 2012, KapStone Charleston Kraft LLC’s Wood Procurement Department launched the Pine Seedling Program, which offers free second-generation, bare root, loblolly pine seedlings—along with information about planting this valuable natural resource—to local landowners. During the program’s first year, we donated more than 500,000 seedlings to private landowners for their forest regeneration needs; in the 2014–2015 planting season, we provided 2.5 million seedlings.

Supporting Forestry Education: An important part of creating sustainable environments is educating youth on the importance of protecting our natural resources. That’s the reason behind programs such as our S.C. Sustainable Forestry Teaching Tour and Wood Magic Forest Fair, which teach students and teachers about forestry in South Carolina.

"We believe we are on track to meet all of our performance targets, which are based on our reported baseline year of 2010."

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