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AF&PA, in association with the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations, the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and the World Resources Institute (WRI) has developed methodologies for calculating greenhouse gas emissions from pulp and paper mills and wood products facilities. The calculation tools serve as a unified industry approach to emissions accounting. Prepared by the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI), the calculation tools are based on protocols previously developed by WRI, WBCSD, and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The tools were peer–reviewed and endorsed by the WRI and WBCSD through their project, the GHG Protocol. The most current versions of the calculation tools are available at the NCASI web site.
Estimating Product Sequestration
AF&PA, again working with the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations, has developed a tool for estimating the amount of carbon stored in forest products over a 100–year period. The tool, which was developed by the NCASI, allows companies to calculate the long–term contributions of their annual production. A report explaining the methodology and a spreadsheet calculation tool are available at the NCASI web site.
The AF&PA voluntarily established a paper recovery goal of recovering 55 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S. by 2012. The recovery rate reached 56 percent in 2007 – five years ahead of schedule – and the industry has set a new 60 percent recovery goal by 2012. AF&PA expects that achieving the recovery rate of 60% will continue to lead to corresponding reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by reducing potential emissions from landfills. The recovery goal will be achieved through integrated public–private sector partnerships with the EPA, Keep America Beautiful, Scholastic, Inc., and others that have been established to educate and encourage towns and cities, office buildings, schools, and private citizens to recover more high–quality papers in their communities and workplaces.
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