MIAMISBURG, Ohio, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NewPage Corporation, the leading producer of printing and specialty papers in North America, announced today the release of its Sustainable Development Facts and Figures 2012 report.
"At NewPage, we work hard every day to make sustainable practices a part of what we do," said George Martin, president and chief executive officer for NewPage. "We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and securing the long-term health of our company through a variety of environmental, social and economic programs."
NewPage produces an annual sustainable development report to provide its stakeholders a look at the company's performance and activities designed to improve the way it manages human, natural and financial resources. The company focuses on five areas of sustainability:
- Healthy, Safe and Engaged Employees
- Responsible Sourcing of Raw Materials
- Efficient and Sustainable Manufacturing
- Responsible and Safe Products
- Strong, Viable Communities
The NewPage Sustainable Development Facts and Figures 2012 report provides an overview of the company's performance and latest actions in these five key areas. Highlights from the report include:
- Continued focus on safety performance with a Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) of 2.25.
- Obtained 48 percent of its fiber from certified and recycled sources. All fiber was procured from North America and in compliance with the requirements of the U.S. Lacey Act and European Union Timber Regulation for legal fiber sources. All NewPage mills also have maintained chain-of-custody systems that are third-party certified to FSC®, PEFC and SFI standards.
- Met 95 percent of the pulp needs for our paper products from internal pulp production.
- Fifty-four percent of the total energy used in NewPage operations was produced from biomass fuels, a renewable energy source primarily derived from the company's manufacturing byproducts.
- Achieved a 14 percent reduction in total greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels. This achievement brings NewPage closer to the company's goal to cut total greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.
- Researched, developed and launched new products: Sterling® Premium and Digital, PointTrac™ TT and OmniPoint™ over the past two years.
- Continued to contribute time and financial resources to charitable organizations and strategic partners. Formed strong relationships with nonprofit organizations like World Resources Institute and customers such as L.L.Bean and The McGraw-Hill Companies to help preserve forestland and encourage sustainable planting, harvesting and recycling practices.
The NewPage Sustainable Development Facts and Figures 2012 report is an abbreviated annual report that includes performance data from January 1 through December 31, 2012. This report is available only as a downloadable PDF from the company's website. A more comprehensive printed report was published in December 2012 titled Making a Difference: 2011-12 Sustainable Development Report; that report includes more extensive narrative surrounding the company's key sustainability initiatives and performance.
To download a printable PDF of the report, or to learn more about NewPage Corporation, please visit www.NewPageCorp.com/sustainability.
NewPage is a leading producer of printing and specialty papers in North America with $3.1 billion in net sales for the year ended December 31, 2012. NewPage is headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, and owns paper mills in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. These mills have a total annual production capacity of approximately 3.5 million tons of paper.
The company's portfolio of paper products includes coated, supercalendered and specialty papers. These papers are used in commercial printing to create corporate collateral, magazines, catalogs, books, coupons, inserts and direct mail as well as in specialty paper applications including beverage bottle labels, food and medical packaging, pressure-sensitive labels and release liners. To learn more, visit www.NewPageCorp.com.
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