Turning Up the Heat with Biomass
ALPHARETTA, GA—In a recent green initiative, Neenah Paper has contracted an independent energy services company to convert wood and fiber waste into steam energy to power its Whiting Mill fine paper production site. The “Neenah Green: Change Comes from Within” environmental campaign inspired the development of this fossil-fuel-free, steam-energy-powered facility, which is scheduled for completion in Q3 2009.
Biomass is a green, sustainable resource consisting mainly of wood and fiber waste. Unlike fossil fuel combustion, which takes carbon that was underground and puts it in the atmosphere, the use of biomass as an energy source recycles carbon, so the net effect is that no new carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere.
The biomass energy project creates a closed-loop system where the source of the steam energy is waste that was originally identified for landfill disposal, as well as waste from the mill’s own production processes. As a result, the expectation is to emit zero net direct carbon dioxide at the Whiting Mill, ultimately reducing Neenah Paper’s carbon footprint by about 42,000 tons annually.
NAPL has published a new Executive Management special report that focuses on environmental strategies: “From Power Source to Process Mapping, Printers Strategize to ‘Go Green’ Profitably.” Sponsored by Kodak, the report provides in-depth coverage on a wide range of sustainability issues, including how printers can profit from being green; shrinking fossil fuel footprints; renewable energy/taking the green power initiative; five short steps to sustainability; voluntary programs, such as the many offered by the EPA; operations enhancements and lean environment opportunities; understanding energy use; and using lean methods/tracking basic environmental measures.
In the section “Affordable Resources: Who Can Help You Become Greener?” more than a dozen green organizations are listed, including some well-known groups such as SmartWood and SFI, as well as lesser known organizations such as The Carbon Fund, Conservation International and Nature Conservancy.