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Sustainability Performance


Nothing is more important than keeping our employees safe. Georgia-Pacific never stops looking for ways to improve our safety record.

Total Case Incidence Rate

Days Away/Restricted or Transfer Rate

Days Away/Restricted or Transfer Rate (DART) indicates the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time employees in a given time that resulted in days away from work, restricted work activity and/or a job transfer. Lower rates show the severity of workplace injuries is decreasing.

Lost Time Incidence Rate

Near Misses


GP strives to be a leader in managing its energy use and continuing its use of renewable energy in its complex manufacturing processes. GP is committed to using energy economically and decreasing the intensity of purchased energy (non-biomass) and associated greenhouse gas emissions in its operations.

Energy Use by Source (as a percent of total energy consumption)

Georgia-Pacific's largest energy source is biomass – wood fiber, bark and other organic materials. We have used these materials for many years to help power our wood and paper manufacturing facilities.

Energy Measures

Total Energy Consumption (billions of Btu)

Total Purchased Energy (billions of Btu)

Self-Generated Electricity and Biomass Fuels (billions of Btu)

Self-Generated Electricity and Biomass Fuels (billions of Btu)
Georgia-Pacific self-generates electricity from on-site electrical turbines through an efficient process called co-generation.

Georgia-Pacific alone is responsible for more than 12 percent of the electricity generated from renewable woody biomass in the United States. While we use most of this renewable energy, we also support renewable energy development by selling some of it in the form of renewable energy certificates.

Environmental Performance

This diagram shows changes in Georgia-Pacific's environmental performance in key areas from 2002 to 2012. The data have been normalized to reflect changes in our asset base during that time.

  • NOx

    *Nitrogen Oxide Compounds (measured in tons per year)

    Nitrogen oxide compounds are pollutants of concern to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because they can combine with other organic compounds to form ground level ozone, a major component of haze or smog in some areas. Power boilers and other combustion equipment at our facilities generate NOx.

    NOx has been reduced at our pulp and paper facilities by 23% since 2002 because of changes in fuel mix.

    *Does not include NOx emissions for
    Georgia-Pacific's wood products facilities, which account for less than 10% of the company's annual NOx emissions.

  • SO2

    Sulfur Dioxide (measured in tons per year)

    Sulfur dioxide is a pollutant of concern to the U.S. EPA because, under certain conditions, it can form acid precipitation and cause other air quality concerns. At pulp and paper mills, sulfur dioxide is formed primarily by burning fossil fuels. Since 2002, SO2 emissions have decreased 52% at Georgia-Pacific pulp and paper facilities primarily because of changes in fuel mix.

  • TRS

    Total Reduced Sulfur (measured in tons per year)

    TRS is responsible for the odor often associated with pulp and paper mills. It is a result of the kraft process for cooking wood chips to make pulp. TRS emissions from Georgia-Pacific pulp and paper mills have increased by 4% since 2002.

  • BOD

    Biochemical Oxygen Demand (measured in pounds per ton of product)

    A standard measure of water quality, BOD is a test that quantifies organic pollutant loading in pulp and paper mill wastewater.

  • TSS

    Total Suspended Solids (measured in pounds per ton of product)

    TSS is a standard measure of water quality that defines the amount of material suspended in the wastewater of pulp and paper mills. TSS discharges from Georgia-Pacific mills have increased 23% since 2002 primarily because of a decline in efficiency of some mill wastewater treatment systems.

  • Effluent Flow

    (measured in gallons per ton of product)

    Georgia-Pacific measures water use efficiency based on the flow of effluent, or wastewater, from our pulp and paper mills. While a significant amount of water flows through our mill systems, very little of that water is actually consumed during the pulp and papermaking process. It is recycled and reused, then treated and discharged.

  • TRI

    Toxics Release Inventory (measured in millions of pounds)

    The U.S. EPA requires companies to report quantities of designated chemicals that certain industrial facilities release annually into the air, water and land. From 2002-2012, Georgia-Pacific reduced total releases and transfers of TRI compounds by 5%.

  • CO2e

    Carbon Dioxide (measured in tons per year)

    Carbon dioxide is considered a greenhouse gas and is an emission of concern to the U.S. EPA. It is generated by burning fossil fuels as well as other industrial processes. Georgia-Pacific facilities decreased CO2e emissions by 13% between 2002 and 2012 primarily because of changes in fuel mix.

*Water indicators are normalized by production