The Future of Water for the Pulp and Paper Industry

Paper 360
August 31, 2022
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The statistics are sobering: global water use has been increasing at more than double the rate of population growth, according to the UN. Industry (including pulp and paper) is responsible for 12 percent of global water withdrawals. UNICEF and the World Health Organization estimate that, by 2030, 1.6 billion people will lack safely managed drinking water services. The effects of climate change mean that, by 2040, almost a quarter of the world’s children will live in areas of extreme water stress. …Water is more than just a critical component of the pulp, paper, and packaging we produce; it is essential to the health and safety of our environment, our communities, and the people who staff our mills and use our products. Protecting this resource is more than just good business; it is a clear responsibility to the future. Paper360° spoke to experts that focus on helping our industry manage its water use.

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