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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman and United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard issued the following statement after their meeting at the White House today with Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Dan Utech, the focus of which was on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) upcoming proposed Accounting Framework for Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources.
“U.S. paper and wood products compete on a global scale. Our trading partners recognize the carbon neutrality of biomass energy used in our manufacturing processes, and the U.S. government should too. We hope that EPA’s upcoming proposed biogenic CO2 accounting framework will put this issue to rest by clearly recognizing the carbon benefits of our processes. Failure to recognize the difference between biomass-based emissions and fossil fuel emissions, or relying on speculative models instead of actual data, will produce the wrong result for American manufacturers and the hard-working men and women who make the products society needs for communication, packaging, and housing.”
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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.