Pulp and Paper Industry

The pulp and paper industry accounted for approximately 5 percent of total industrial final energy consumption and 2 percent of direct carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the industrial sector worldwide in 2007. World paper and paperboard demand and production are increasing; annual production is expected to grow from approximately 365 million tonnes (Mt) in 2006 to between 700 Mt (low estimate) and 900 Mt (high estimate) in 2050.

In China, the pulp and paper industry has been developing rapidly since 2001. China is currently one of the largest pulp and paper product manufacturers in the world. China manufactured 11.2 percent of pulp and 24.5 percent of paper globally in 2010. Approximately 50 percent of the total global pulp and paper production capacity is located in China, the United States (U.S.), and Canada.

GHG emissions from the pulp and paper industry are predominantly CO2 with smaller amounts of methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O). The pulp and paper industry ranks fourth in terms of energy consumption among industries worldwide. Globally, the pulp and paper industry meets approximately 33 percent of its total energy use needs with biomass. The U.S. pulp and paper industry gets more than 65 percent of energy from biomass.


Energy Efficiency Assessment and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Tool for the Pulp and Paper Industry

EAGER Pulp & Paper tool has been developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. EAGER Pulp & Paper tool allows you to evaluate the impact of selected energy efficiency measures for the pulp and paper industry by choosing the measures that you would likely introduce in your facility, or would like to evaluate for potential use.