According to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the earth's climate is warming as evidenced by increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, rising sea levels and an increase in extreme weather events.
It is widely believed that global warming is the result of an increase in man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Greenhouse gases – some naturally occurring and others resulting from human activity – contribute to climate change by trapping heat within the lower layers of the earth's atmosphere.
Combating Climate Change
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas which occurs naturally but is also produced from the combustion of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas. Actions to reduce GHG emissions and combat climate change are a key element of Resolute Forest Products' sustainability agenda.
During the course of 2012, we succeeded in reducing our scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions per metric ton of pulp and paper produced by 25% (intensity) from 2000 levels. Absolute emissions, taking capacity reductions into account, have been reduced by 65.8%, or 7.6 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents per year.
Source: Resolute Forest Products 2012 Annual Report, page 49
We intend to continue implementing new initiatives to further reduce emissions through improved processes, energy efficiency and green energyprojects.Our progress to date reflects a Company-wide focus on improved energy efficiency and on switching from fossil fuels to cleaner renewable energy sources such as hydroelectricity and carbon neutral biomass. In 2012, Resolute generated 68% of its total energy requirements from renewable sources.
To learn more, read our Sustainability Report.
WWF Climate Savers
Resolute Forest Products strengthened its existing commitment to sustainability by joining the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Climate Savers program in November 2011, committing to several ambitious goals, including a 65% reduction in absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 2015 vs. a 2000 baseline.
Visit our Climate Savers page or view our Climate Savers factsheet to learn more about the program and Resolute’s commitments.
* We are currently in the process of updating the GHG emission factors to more recently available data, which could have an impact on these results.