WASHINGTON, DC, March 7, 2017 (Press Release) -Representatives of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Northwest Pulp & Paper Association (NWPPA) and Oregon Forest & Industries Council (OFIC) are partnering to host today’s Forest Products Advocacy Day in Salem, Oregon. In meetings with legislators, they plan to highlight industry sustainability successes, including current greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions and the recently-announced goal, and discuss upcoming legislation.
Following the success of GHG emission reductions by member companies, AF&PA has announced its new GHG reduction goal of 20 percent by the year 2020. In 2014, sustainable manufacturing practices under the association’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 initiative led to a 16 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by member facilities, surpassing the previous 15 percent reduction goal ahead of schedule. In meetings with Oregon state lawmakers, they will discuss how any legislation to regulate or tax GHG emissions should account for industry leadership on emissions reductions.
“Oregon’s paper and wood product industry manufactures the products that make everyday life easier and remains committed to sustainability. That focus has helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions today and will contribute to further reductions in the years ahead,” said AF& PA President & CEO Donna Harman. “We hope state lawmakers will account for that leadership on the road ahead, allowing Oregon’s forest industries to remain globally competitive.”
Nearly half of Oregon is forestland, affording the state the number one position in both softwood and plywood production in the U.S. The state’s forest sector provides more than 60,000 living-wage jobs at an average $50,000 annual salary, four percent higher than the average wage for all Oregon employment.
“Our companies are faithful stewards of Oregon’s abundant natural resources and dedicate themselves to the manufacturing practices that preserve and protect our state’s environment and reduce greenhouse gasses in the process” said NWPPA Executive Director Chris McCabe. “The Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 results speak for themselves. On the road ahead, we look forward to sharing ideas to build on this success without implementing costly and complex new legislation.”
“Oregon’s working forests play a critical role in contributing to environmental benefits like clean air and water, renewable building materials and a vibrant economy,” said OFIC President Kristina McNitt. “From the use of biomass to the creation of new mass timber products, our industry’s innovative use of wood as a sustainable, renewable resource is gaining national attention and creating essential jobs for rural Oregonians. Our industry is dedicated to careful management of our environment while ensuring our forests are healthy and productive for generations to come.”
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states.
About Northwest Pulp & Paper Association
Formed in 1956, the Northwest Pulp & Paper Association (NWPPA) is an Olympia-based trade association representing 14 member companies and 17 pulp and paper mills in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The association advocates at the state level for its members on legislative and regulatory issues, including environmental and energy policy. NWPPA members produce nearly eight million tons of paper products a year and provide approximately 10,000 predominantly union jobs that pay an average of more than $70,000 a year in wages and benefits.
About Oregon Forest & Industries Council
The Oregon Forest & Industries Council (OFIC) is a trade association representing more than 50 Oregon forestland owners and forest products manufacturers. Our members combine sustainable forest management practices with the latest science and technology to continuously improve the environmental, social and economic value of healthy working forests. We protect and manage more than 5 million acres of Oregon forestlands, employ roughly 60,000 Oregonians, and make Oregon the nation’s largest state producer of softwood and plywood.