ENERGY STAR Focus on Energy Efficiency in Pulp and Paper Manufacturing

The “pulp and paper manufacturing focus” was a partnership between EPA’s ENERGY STAR program and pulp and paper manufacturing companies to improve energy efficiency within their operations. Tools are available here to help improve manufacturing energy efficiency, save money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Participants in the 2008 Pulp and Paper Focus meeting

Annual Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Focus Meeting

Pulp and paper producers can get started on a path of saving energy by using the ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management to build an energy management program, and then work within this pulp and paper manufacturing focus to learn best practices from the industry. If you are a pulp and paper producer who wants to get involved in your industry’s efforts to save energy, contact

Plant energy performance indicator (EPI) tools

Use the ENERGY STAR EPIs for pulp mills and integrated paper and paperboard plants to assess how efficiently a plant uses energy relative to similar plants in the U.S. ENERGY STAR EPIs provide a 1 - 100 ENERGY STAR score for a quick understanding of how the plant is performing. Plants receiving a score of 75 or higher are eligible to earn ENERGY STAR certification. Read about  Georgia-Pacific's Leaf River Cellulose plant being the first pulp mill to earn ENERGY STAR certification.

For further information on these EPIs, contact Gale Boyd, Duke University at

Plant energy guide

Use the energy guide  Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for Pulp and Paper Industry, to find ways to improve pulp and paper mill energy performance.

Participating organizations

  • Boise Inc.*
  • BPM, Inc.*
  • Caraustar Industries
  • Cascades*
  • Georgia-Pacific*
  • Graphic Packaging International*
  • International Paper
  • Kapstone (Historic)
  • Kimberly-Clark**
  • Longview Fibre (Historic)
  • MeadWestvaco (Historic)
  • NewPage Corporation (Historic)
  • Resolute Forest Products
  • Rock Tenn Co.
  • The Newark Group (Historic) 
  • Thilmany, LLC (Historic) 
  • West Linn Paper Co.

* denotes ENERGY STAR Partners

** denotes ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awardees