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Flexo Sustainable : Year-End 2013
• Committing sufficient resources to implement effective environmental programs and promote continuous envi- ronmental improvement • Minimizing or eliminating hazardous chemicals in the workplace • Participating in regulatory discussions that may affect the industry • Creating a workplace that successfully establishes sustainable practices which go beyond compliance, including: Ensuring all employees are trained to understand and minimize PaperWorks' environmental impact and know what to do to ensure continued compliance Building strong communication between employees and upper management • Working predominately with suppliers and contractors who maintain environmental best practices The Better Buildings, Better Plants program has assisted in re- ducing emissions stemming from industrial activity. PaperWorks is trending ahead of its energy goal, with a 6 percent reduction compared to its 2010 consumption. The company 's reduction in fuel consumption has helped to lower its carbon footprint. And its efforts to use less water have been successful: After initially setting a 5 percent water reduction goal in 2010 and exceeding that goal, the company has pledged to hit 25 percent by 2016; it is already at 16 percent. Specifically at its Philadelphia mill, there has been a 75 per- cent decrease in total sus- pended solids and 21 percent decrease in biochemi- cal oxygen demanding substances since 2010, both results of an improved water filtration system. SAFETY & WASTE "Employ- ees are our most valuable asset," reads PaperWorks' sustainability report. "There is no job important enough to risk employee safety." Through a system that relies on employees and management working together and com- municating, as well as reporting safety incidents to Paper- Works' CEO, problems are quickly rectified and new solutions brainstormed and implemented. Notably, this has led to a 24 percent decrease in the company 's total incident rate. Waste management is an area where PaperWorks openly admits it needs to do more. In 2012 the company 's waste volume sent to landfills increased. "We believe this is a result of transitioning between new buildings as well as changes in our recycled paper mix at our mills," it states. Armed with useful statistics, such as 90 percent of landfill material coming from mills and a change in fiber mix leading to a waste increase, PaperWorks is aiming for a 50 percent solid waste reduction by 2016. FUTURE CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES • Extended Producer Responsibility: To assist in waste management, PaperWorks is working to help develop a regulatory framework to prioritize the process. In its sus- tainability report, it notes that the U.S. is "one of the only industrialized countries without a regulatory framework for addressing packaging waste" • Food Waste: With an estimated 50 percent increase since the 1970s leading to 40 percent of food in the U.S. being thrown out, any decrease in food waste would be an improvement. PaperWorks intends to provide packaging expertise to the retail food sector to create solutions that prevent spoilage, retain freshness and maintain packag- ing integrity • Sustainability Standards: In an effort to create a truly apples to apples comparison between different metrics and between vendors and products, PaperWorks is revising several of its "key metrics" to be aligned with the entire paper industry. Creating a series of measurements used by all the players in the market will allow for easier comparisons • Post Consumer Content Access: Material used in the consumer marketplace that fulfills its full lifecycle prior to being diverted from the landfill back into recycling is known as post consumer content. The U.S. and Canada define this material differently. Additionally, as demand for post consumer content increases, costs may also rise while access to the material decreases • Chemical Use: The Environmental Protection Agen- cy is in the process of updating the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 to better align it with regulations in Canada and Europe, as well as set stronger guidelines at a federal level and reduce state specific regulations. PaperWorks is working to implement more benign chem- ical alternatives and accurately track and report those chemicals that are found in its packaging To learn more about PaperWorks' sustainability efforts or to obtain a copy of its recent sustainability reports, visit its website at www.paperwrks.com/paperworks-sustain- ability-reporting. SUSTAINABLE SAVINGS IN 2012 5% Absolute Greenhouse Gas Emissions 6% Carbon Intensity 5% Fuel Consumption 13% Absolute Water Consumption 16% Water Intensity 3% Hazardous Waste 24% Total Incident Rate www.flexomag.com YEAR END 2013 Sustainable FLEXO 5
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