Environmental Comparison Tools

Environmental Footprint Comparison Tool

Minimizing the environmental footprint of the forest products industry requires understanding the interactions among various parameters.

The National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) has developed the Environmental Footprint Comparison Tool (EFCT), a web-based information resource designed to help convey the challenges faced in simultaneously meeting a broad array of environmental objectives.

This material is useful if you are looking to improve your environmental profile and you want to understand how one aspect (such as recycled content) may impact another environmental outcome (like greenhouse gas emissions).

There are eight manufacturing-related subjects covered by the tool. The website has three levels of detail so that users can drill down to the level of information needed.

NCASI is an independent, non-profit research institute that focuses on environmental topics of interest to the forest products industry.

Environmental Paper Assessment Tool

Resolute participates in the Environmental Paper Assessment Tool (EPAT), a membership-based online comparison tool that allows paper buyers to compare the eco-performance of their suppliers.

EPAT captures mill-level data on environmental indicators (such as resource use and emissions), fiber sourcing and social criteria, providing a comprehensive "sustainability snapshot" of a paper producer.

2020 EPAT data is available upon request for our pulp and paper mills.

EPAT was developed by the sustainability non-profit organization GreenBlue in collaboration with leading paper buyers and suppliers, including Resolute. To find out more about EPAT, visit www.epat.org.

Publishers’ Database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing

Resolute is also a participant in the Publishers’ Database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing (PREPS), an online tool to identify responsible paper supply chains for the textbooks used in schools, academic journals and other publications. Since 2010, Resolute has contributed data for many of its paper brands to this assessment tool, which helps over 25 publishing companies make sustainable choices. Resolute’s participation is an example of how the company holds itself to high standards of voluntary reporting and certification from external organizations.

PREPS is one of several tools available on the Book Chain Project’s searchable database, starting in 2016. The PREPS database holds technical specifications and details on the pulp and forest sources of the papers used in educational, academic and other publications. PREPS is recognized as the publishing industry gold standard for sourcing paper from responsibly managed forests.

Under the PREPS system, papers are awarded one, three or five stars based on how well-managed the forests are that supply pulp, as well as the pulp supply’s country of origin. All of the listed products sold using Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) credits from our Alma and Kénogami (Quebec) and Calhoun (Tennessee) mills have a five-star PREPS rating. All of our other listed brands from these same mills have received a three-star rating based on the chain of custody (CoC) tracking requirements they adhere to.

Our high ratings across our paper products assure customers that the wood fiber we use comes from responsible sources. This assurance is underscored by our adherence to the strict environmental and forestry laws and regulations in the United States and Canada, where we source virgin fiber, and the fact that 100% of our operations are CoC-certified.

For more information on disclosure and ranking, and to learn about the publishers who use PREPS, visit the Book Chain Project website or read our blog post, Publishers find a growing list of 5-star Resolute papers on PREP.