Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., a family-owned manufacturer of technical/specialty and premium printing and packaging papers, announced today that it has achieved 100 percent carbon neutral production status and can now offer customers and supply chain partners a third-party verified claim that 100 percent of its products are made with Green-e certified, clean renewable electricity.
“We have a longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Richard Verney, chairman and chief executive officer of Monadnock Paper Mills. “We produce up to 50 percent of our electricity on-site. It is a priority to maximize our own low-impact renewable hydropower generation and to continue reducing emissions associated with our operations.”
Monadnock has significantly reduced energy consumption, resulting in a savings of more than 1 million kWh of electricity per year. Some improvement projects in 2012 include recognizing and implementing efficiencies in manufacturing processes, increasing the efficiency of its largest hydroelectric turbine wheel, upgrading vacuum pumps on the paper machines, recovering dryer condensate and installing an economizer and variable speed drives.
“We did everything we could internally to maximize the efficiency of our hydro facilities, and only then did we start looking at reputable sources for additive renewable energy and carbon offset credits,” said Environmental Manager Michelle Hamm.
After a thorough vetting process, Monadnock purchased Climate Action Reserve Protocol certified Verified Emission Reductions (VERs) to offset emissions associated with its thermal energy generation. It also purchased Green-e certified wind power Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to offset the electricity required to run its facilities.
Last month Monadnock announced that SGS recertified its ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System for an additional three years.
About Monadnock Paper Mills
Founded in 1819 and based in Bennington, NH, Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., works with the world’s leading brands to craft and customize environmentally responsible performance papers for commercial printing, packaging and technical applications. Monadnock is committed to responsible environmental stewardship and maintains that fiber-based alternatives to plastic can be cost-efficient, environmentally sensitive and beautiful. For more information on Monadnock and its products, go to www.mpm.com.