GP receives EPA Energy Star and SmartWay recognitions for sustainability work

Georgia-Pacific’s commitment to environmental stewardship and continuously improving energy efficiency has resulted in several recent awards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Two GP facilities received ENERGY STAR® certifications for 2023, and another helped GP earn recognition for a Top Project at the 2023 ENERGY STAR Industrial Partner Meeting. Meanwhile, the company was also named a 2023 SmartWay High Performer.

The ENERGY STAR® program recognized the work of GP, Flint Hills Resources and their parent company Koch Industries for a Top Project at the 2023 ENERGY STAR Industrial Partner Meeting. The recognition comes for their efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce corrosion in Koch manufacturing assets.

GP has also earned additional recognition from the EPA’s ENERGY STAR programs this year. GP’s Leaf River Cellulose mill in New Augusta, Mississippi, is the first paper pulp mill in the U.S. to receive EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification. The Leaf River facility uses less energy to produce a ton of pulp than 75% of plants with identical characteristics, putting it in the 90th percentile of plants evaluated by ENERGY STAR.

The company’s containerboard mill in Brewton, Alabama, also received ENERGY STAR certification. Combined the facilities have saved 5,732,130 MMBtus in 2022 alone, enough to power 150,011 homes for a year, and both have been certified for three years.

The EPA works with manufacturing companies through ENERGY STAR to improve energy efficiency, allowing the agency and industry corporate energy managers to work together to build unique and helpful energy management tools.

The company was also named by the EPA as a SmartWay High Performer for 2023, a recognition that the company has earned five times, along with several other awards, since GP became a partner in 2009.

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