Sappi NA Sustainability Report Focuses on People, Planet and Prosperity

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Sappi North America has released it 2016 Sustainability Report showcasing an industry-leading  sustainability performance. “Each year, we look forward to reporting our progress against the five year goals we set to ensure that Sappi North America continues as a thriving, sustainable, re-investable paper and paper-based packaging company,” says President and CEO Mark Gardner.

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Sappi’s 2020Vision

In 2015, Sappi Limited established an aspirational vision for the future structured around concrete, measurable initiatives with clear baselines for performance. The goal to become a truly diversified wood fiber group, targeting a substantial increase in EBITDA through an expanded product portfolio, reflects the company’s confidence in its ability to evolve with the changing world; continually maintain and improve returns in mature markets; and deliver top-line growth in newer businesses, like consumer-based packaging. From realizing on innovations such as Neoterix™ ST, the first casting and release paper that creates surfaces that inhibit bacterial growth without toxic additives or chemicals, to reinvestment projects at its Somerset Mill Woodyard and the recently announced $165 million Paper Machine 1 rebuild, Sappi North America is poised to continue its success through 2017 and beyond.

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Sustainability Goals

Sappi North America’s sustainability goals are segmented according to the three critical elements of its business: People, Planet and Prosperity. Collectively these goals account for an aggressive approach to increasing safety and education for Sappi employees, building returns on net operating assets through increases in operational efficiency; and reducing energy and raw material waste. Some of this year’s performance highlights include:

· Sappi maintained its commitment to responsible sourcing with 100 percent of its fiber procured in accordance with the SFI® Fiber Sourcing standard, as well as the FSC® Controlled Wood standard; 54 percent of its total fiber came from certified sources.

· Sappi’s Cloquet Mill reached multiple safety milestones, including reaching one million work hours without a loss time injury twice in the fiscal year, ending with a total LTIFR of 0.13.

· Sappi maintains the lowest carbon footprint out of all domestic producers of coated freesheet papers in the US, and its combined direct and indirect emissions total just 0.38 tons CO2/ton of product.

· The solid waste sent to landfills reached its lowest level in the past five years, due in large part to the continued expansion of Sappi’s beneficial use program where by-products are used by local landowners as a soil amendment.

Additionally, these sustainability efforts are being recognized outside of Sappi. In 2016, the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) awarded Sappi with the AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Award for Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Reduction for creating a process to capture excess heat and reuse it elsewhere in the manufacturing process. According to Donna Harman, President and CEO of the AF&PA, “Sappi’s Hood Heat Recovery Project at Somerset is a shining example of how improvements to industry infrastructure can benefit the environment as well as the bottom line.”

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