Resource Conservation & Paper Assessment Tools
Paper-making is a resource-intensive manufacturing process and West Linn Paper is committed to managing resources wisely. We carefully monitor our use of water and energy to ensure that we're maximizing our efficiency - a practice that sustains not only our environment, but also our business.
West Linn Paper Receives Grant From the EPA
West Linn Paper Company received a nearly $800,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to purchase 12 new energy efficient, clean-burning diesel trucks to replace the aging fleet of vehicles used to transport paper and raw materials in and around the Portland Metro area. The positive impact to the environment will be significant – we anticipate that the project will result in a 20% improvement in fuel economy, and filters capable of removing as much as 90% of the tailpipe emissions.
“West Linn Paper is pleased to be a part of this program,” commented Brian Konen, West Linn Paper COO. “The contribution from these projects will be significant and felt on several different levels, from the local health and environmental improvements to the financial benefits of having more fuel efficient equipment.”
Below is a list of just some of the programs that West Linn Paper supports:
The Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Since 2002, West Linn Paper Company has been purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), a non-profit foundation dedicated to the promotion, financing and development of new sources of renewable energy, renewable energy education programs and watershed restoration projects.
Each REC that West Linn Paper Company purchases from BEF represents one megawatt-hour (MWh) of clean, renewable electricity generated and delivered to the power grid. The RECs that the company purchases offset a portion of its annual electricity use and will reduce the demand for conventional power from fossil fuel power plants. In fact, West Linn Paper Company's purchases have supported the development of enough wind energy to power a city the size of West Linn for 2 months on wind power.
For more information visit: www.b-e-f.org.
The Climate Registry
The Climate Registry is a nonprofit collaboration among North American states, provinces, territories and Native Sovereign Nations that sets consistent and transparent standards to calculate, verify and publicly report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into a single registry. The Registry supports both voluntary and mandatory reporting programs and provides comprehensive, accurate data to reduce GHG emissions.
West Linn Paper Company achieved the environmental leadership status of Climate Registered™ by successfully registering its comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory according to the rigorous standards of The Climate Registry. Participation in The Registry's voluntary program demonstrates West Linn Paper Company’s pioneering role within the paper industry.
For more information visit: www.theclimateregistry.org
Environmental Paper Assessment Tool (EPAT)
West Linn Paper Company is a participant in the EPAT, a data-driven tool that provides subscribers with measurable data needed to make informed decisions regarding the environmental attributes of a paper product. West Linn Paper Company evaluates its products and manufacturing processes each year and develops data for each of the 19 EPAT performance indicators. For more information on the EPAT visit: www.epat.org