Life Cycle Assessment


Align Papers Life Cycle Assessment

ALIGN_logo_ENTo evaluate the environmental benefits of our Align™ family of eco-conscious and budget-friendly papers, Resolute Forest Products commissioned a life cycle assessment (LCA) comparing the Align grades with the North American freesheet market.

This cradle-to-grave analysis compared the environmental impacts of the production, transportation, usage and disposal of Align coated and uncoated grades to the average of North American freesheet paper.

The LCA found Align uncoated grades to have a smaller environmental impact than uncoated freesheet (UFS) over the product lifecycle in 14 of 15 categories examined. Our Align coated grade had a smaller environmental impact than the North American coated freesheet (CFS) average in 13 of 15 categories.

Key Findings of Align Grades

  • A carbon footprint from 35% to 85% smaller than the average freesheet grade
  • Less energy used during production
  • More renewable energy used during production

Relative Footprint of Align Compared to Freesheet

Per ream of paper, over the product life cycle

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Source: Resolute Forest Products 2012 Annual Report, page 55 

Detailed information on the LCA: