Data makes us better
We are measuring our consumption through comprehensive metrics that tell us where to invest in energy, water and resource efficiency. We benchmark our resource consumption across all company facilities and process steps. We are using these results to prioritize and validate our capital investments in new technology and process innovation. In the future, we hope to benchmark our performance against industry peers and set goals for each of our business units.
Reducing Water Consumption & Waste
By 2017, we reduced the annual wastewater discharge rate at our Pryor, Oklahoma paper plant by the equivalent of 330 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Compared to 2012, we reduced wastewater discharge by 13%.
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Maximizing Recycled Content & Byproduct
We maintain closed-loop sourcing partnerships for gypsum and recycled paper, resulting in products with high percentages of recycled and byproduct content.
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Clearing the Air
We reduced the release of Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) compounds from almost 550,000 pounds per year in 2013 to just 800 pounds per year in 2017 through material substitution efforts.
Investing in Gypsum Recovery and use of Byproduct Gypsum
Since 2013, we have invested heavily in technology to reclaim material at our plants. Our vision is to continue to move toward a closed-loop, zero-waste process. Since January 2015, we reduced our gypsum reclaim inventory by over 150,000 tons through recycling and beneficial use activities.Read More
Reducing GHG Emissions
Cogeneration is just one of many energy recovery and efficiency strategies we employ at our production sites to reduce operating costs and related carbon emissions. Other key investments include multi-stage kiln heat recovery systems, LED lighting retrofits and innovative product formulations to reduce water content.Read More