WASHINGTON, DC, March 23, 2018 (Press Release) -American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman thanked Congress for reaffirming that federal regulatory policy should reflect the carbon-neutrality of forest-based renewable biomass. The fiscal year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which has passed the House and Senate, includes legislative language to that effect.
“Teamwork wins the day on a measure that supports the paper and wood products industry’s ability to grow the economy, create American manufacturing jobs and stay in step with global competition. We thank our bipartisan Congressional champions for ensuring that federal biomass policy appropriately reflects our companies’ use of carbon neutral biomass for energy production. We are one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the nation and deserve clear public policy direction on the carbon neutrality of forest-based renewable biomass energy. We look forward to working with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy and the United States Department of Agriculture to implement this policy.”
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 four 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.