THE MYTH:

Paper Is Energy Intensive And Has A High Carbon Footprint

THE FACT:

Paper Has One Of The Lowest Carbon Footprints

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FACT: Paper Has One Of The Lowest Carbon Footprints

Pulp Paper & Print is one of the smallest emitters of the major industry sectors on the planet, responsible for just 1.1% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. 

  • In Australia, 31% of energy used by the pulp and paper sector comes from renewable sources, mostly biomass and hydro. 
    -Australasian Industry Paper Industry Association Ltd.
     
  • Paper is made from wood, a renewable carbon storing resource
     
  • ‘Reading a newspaper can consume 20 percent less carbon than viewing news online.’
    -The Swedish Royal Institute for Technology, 2012.
     
  • Industry reserach indicates that printed mail comprises of 0.1 percent of total household CO2 emissions in Europe. This equates to 14kg of CO2 emissions and is equivalent to:
    • One 70km car journey
    • Five cheeseburgers
    • Nine litres of milk
    • 6.6 minutes of transatlantic flight 
      -EMIP, The Facts of Our Value Chain, 2008
       
  • At current growth rates data centres and telecommunication networks will consume about 1,963 billion killowatt-hours of electricity in 2020.
    -Make IT Green, Greenpeace International, 2010
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  • In a multimedia world, responsibly sourced paper and print may be the most sustainable way to communicate. Alternative media hasits own impact too:
    • One email with a 400k attachment sent to 
    • 20 people, is equivalent to burning 100w 
    • light bulb for 20 minutes. -BBC Costing The Earth, Global Warming, 2009
    • 100 Google searches is equivalent to burning a 60w light bulb for 28 minutes. 
      -Google Associated Press, 2011.
       
  • One hour per day on a 32-inch LCD comes to 35kg CO2 per year - equivalent to a 6.3km drive in an average powered car.
    -M. Berners-Lee, How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything, 2011. Australian Paper Industry Association, Paper Part of Everyday, 2010.