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Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP)

GHGRP Pulp and Paper

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clipboard iconThe pulp and paper sector consists of facilities that produce market pulp or that manufacture pulp and paper. Facilities that have pulping processes report the GHG emissions from chemical recovery units, lime kilns, and stationary fuel combustion units. In addition to emissions from pulp production processes, the sector includes combustion emissions from facilities that produce paper products from purchased pulp, produce secondary fiber from recycled paper, convert paper into paperboard products, operate coating and laminating processes, print products (such as books, labels, business cards, stationery, and business forms), and perform support activities (such as data imaging, plate-making services, and bookbinding). Emissions from industrial landfills and industrial wastewater treatment at facilities in the pulp and paper sector are included in the waste sector.

Pulp and Paper Sector — Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reported to the GHGRP
(all emissions values presented in million metric tons CO2e)
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of facilities: 233 232 233 234 232 228
Total emissions (CO2e): 44.2 42.7 39.4 39.3 38.4 37.7
Emissions by greenhouse gas (CO2e)
• Carbon dioxide (CO2): 41.2 39.8 38.6 38.5 37.6 37.0
• Methane (CH4): 1.1 1.1 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
• Nitrous oxide (N2O): 1.9 1.9 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5

Totals may not equal sum of individual GHGs due to independent rounding.

CO2 emissions from the combustion of biomass are NOT included in emissions totals provided above.

Number of reporters and 2016 emissions (CO2e) per pulp and paper industry subsector
Industry Sector 2016 Number of Reporters 2016 Emissions (million metric tons CO2e)
• Chemical Pulp and Paper Production 107 27.0
• Other Paper Producers 121 10.8

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