Award Winning Pulp & Paper Company Uses Essential AirTM


Courtesy of IHS Markit

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The Challenge:

A U.S. pulp and paper company that has earned more than 60 environmental awards from government agencies, professional associations and environmental organizations for its outstanding forestry management, habitat improvement, soil erosion control and water conservation efforts was looking for a software solution that its seven paper mills and five specialty chemical plants in the United States and abroad could use to more effectively monitor air emissions.

The Solution:

After an exhaustive research campaign involving several products and input from the corporate level, as well as from Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) personnel, the company chose Essential Air™, the world's most comprehensive and widely installed emissions reporting tool. At the beginning, an information systems expert from one of ESS' partnering companies helped with the initial data population and implementation strategies. Company officials then spent the next six months populating Essential Air and determining which equations and emissions factors they wanted to use.

The Results:

With the built-in equations in Essential Air, annual air emissions calculations are accurate and consistent. Also, with the data stored in a centralized database, the company has a much more efficient system in place to generate reports to comply with the Title V Permit Program, Toxic Release Inventory and other environmental release information requirements. In addition to streamlining these reports, Essential Air is used to help other departments make business decisions. For example, they can use the software to run 'what if' scenarios to determine how changes in production might alter emissions compliance strategies.

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