Paper manufacturing is a resource-intensive industry that uses large volumes of water, utilizes large amounts of wood, is energy intensive, generates high volumes of wastewater and produces solid waste (sludge) in large quantities. Efficiency improvement is paramount to maintaining a viable pulp and paper industry in the state.
Pulp and paper manufacturers are recognizing the value of taking a more proactive role with environmental issues and have collaborated with NYSP2I to identify sustainable opportunities, including:
- Process improvement/monitoring
- Lean manufacturing
- Wet end optimization and waste management
- Energy use optimization
- The NYSP2I Express Bulletin features the results and potential projects that came from a past Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Sector Roundtable.
- Recycling “Paper Sludge” into Useful Carbon Products by Clarkson University’s Richard Partch, presents on the benefits and results of recycling paper sludge.
- CHA’s Richard F. Rappa’s presentation, Opportunities for Industry, looks at the financial incentives, energy savings and consultant opportunities available to those who work with pulp and paper.
- Membrane Filtration presents on the Clarkson Research Group’s results comparing the use of NF to RO and the potential benefits you might see from the switch.