Direct energy consumption by primary energy source. (EN3)

The total amount of fuel consumed in 2011 was approximately 96 million GJ of which 70% came from renewable resources. Of that 70%, we sold roughly 2% of this energy as renewable energy credits. Over the years we have steadily increased our use of renewable energy resources to reduce our energy costs and our carbon footprint as well. Even though our production numbers increased by 2% in 2011, we were still able to reduce our fossil fuel usage by 1% and increase our renewable energy usage by 9%. We will strive to use more renewable energy as we try to meet our target of reducing fossil fuels by 25% by 2015. At the same time, we are working on executing specific projects that will reduce our usage of fossil fuels and also reduce our footprint

Fossil Fuel Energy Consumption 2011 Giga-Joules
(in thousands)
2010 Giga-Joules
(in thousands)
Natural Gas 14,740 14,743
Coal (Bituminous) 13,319 13,243
Residual (No. 6 Fuel Oil, Heavy) 479 794
Distillate (Diesel or No.2 Fuel Oil) 208 218
Propane / LPG 44 145
Gasoline / Petrol 53 50
Coal (Lignite) 53 36
Shale Oil 70 29
Kerosene 5 7
Total 28,971 29,265


Renewable Energy Consumption 2011 Giga-Joules
(in thousands)
2010 Giga-Joules
(in thousands)
Black Liquor 44,681 41,164
Woodwaste 22,501 20,597
Ethanol 5 1
Total 67,187 61,762


Indirect energy consumption by primary source. (EN4)

We purchased approximately 4.2 million GJ of electricity in 2011. However, we generate a substantial amount of our own electricity through the use of cogeneration technologies. We self and co-generated about 74% of the power requirements at our mills. Most of that co-generated power is derived from renewable fuel resources, such as woodwaste. The Covington boiler project is one example of our efforts to generate our own power using woodwaste.

We were able to reduce our indirect energy consumption by over 10% in 2011 compared to our base year. Continuing on this path will aid us in meeting our target to reduce our use of fossil fuels by 25% by 2015 (2010 base).


Indirect Energy Consumption 2011 Giga-Joules
(in thousands)
2010 Giga-Joules
(in thousands)
Electricity 4,251 4,696
Steam 760 853
Total 5,011 5,549


Total water withdrawal by source. (EN8)

MWV recognizes that water is a vital resource, not only for the manufacturing process of many of our products, but also for all natural life.  We are continually striving to realize new efficiencies in water use by recovering and reusing water in our manufacturing processes. For example, we reuse over 1.7 billion cubic meters of water per year, and we return over 75% of the freshwater we withdraw back to the river. The rest of the water is lost through evaporation or is embedded in our products.

One of our Sustainability Targets is to reduce our water use by 15% per net ton of paperboard by 2015 (2010 base).

Overall, from 2010 to 2011 we were able to reduce our total water usage by over 5%. Per net ton of paperboard we were able to reduce our water usage by 7%.

Volume of Water by Source 2011 Cubic Meters
(in thousands)
2010 Cubic Meters
(in thousands)
Surface Water 117,928 122,346
Groundwater 45,340 49,570
Municipal Water 667 698
Total 163,935 172,614



Location and size of land owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas. (EN11)

MWV owns and manages approximately 283,000 hectares of forestland in Southeastern United States and approximately 54,500 hectares of forests in Santa Catarina and Paran á, Brazil.

None of MWV’s forests contain or are adjacent to Protected Areas or Areas of High Conservation Value, as defined by GRI Indicator Protocols.

of MWV’s forests are managed in accordance with principles of sustainable forestry and are third party certified to internationally recognized forest certification standards. Specifically, our management programs for U.S. forests are certified to SFI and our Brazilian forests are certified to Cerflor. Both SFI and Cerflor are endorsed by PEFC, the world’s largest certification program, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

Although MWV forests are not adjacent to protected areas nor do they impact global Areas of High Conservation Value, we do have programs in place that promote conservation of biological diversity. We also have programs that identify and protect areas that we have characterized as ecologically, geologically or culturally important.

Description of significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas. (EN12)

MWV activities, products and services do not impact protected areas or areas of high conservation value. We have programs in place to identify and conserve areas of local and regional value, outside of national and State protected areas. For example, we entered into a partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to identify ecologically important species and habitats within MWV owned Appalachian forests.

Both in the U.S. and Brazil, MWV forest management plans include site specific and landscape considerations to promote biodiversity. Fiber procurement operations, outside of MWV owned forestland, include biodiversity considerations that mandate protection of known ecologically sensitive species.

Emissions, Effluents and Waste

Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight. (EN16)

MWV is a leader in improving energy efficiency using combined heat and power (CHP) systems that use residual biomass and biomass by-products from our paperboard production process for energy. Woodwaste and other organic material are burned to generate energy which provides about 70% of the energy requirements for our paperboard mills. Roughly 2% of this renewable energy is sold in the form of energy credits. We also self-generate 74% of the electric power needs at these mills, mostly with energy efficient CHP systems.

In addition to reducing fossil fuel consumption, we are following developing technologies such as cellulosic biofuels and biomass gasification through support of AF&PA’s Agenda 2020 and the Biomass Development Consortium.

We are also focusing our efforts on achieving our Sustainability Target of reducing our CO2 emissions by 25% by 2015 (2010 base). We realized a 4% decrease in our CO2 emissions from our base year in 2011. This reduction was aided significantly by our ability to generate our own energy, reducing our indirect emissions by 17%.

Direct / Indirect GHG Emissions 2011 Tonnes as CO2e
(in thousands)
2010 Tonnes as CO2e
(in thousands)
Direct (Fossil Fuels) 2,168 2,187
Direct (Renewable) 142 130
Indirect Emissions 557 654
Totals 2,867 2,971


Emissions of ozone-depleting substances by weight. (EN19)

It is MWV’s policy to control ozone depleting substances that harm the earth’s ozone layer. Any MWV facility which has a Class I or Class II CFC refrigerant on-site has a written management system to ensure the following:

  • Facility is compliant with all local, regional and national regulations regarding CFCs.
  • Facility properly handles and maintains all units.
  • Repair information and amount of CFCs added, reclaimed and recycled is tracked and maintained on file at each facility for all CFC equipment.

NOx, SOx, and other significant air emissions by type and weight. (EN20)

MWV monitors air emissions to ensure they meet regulatory permit limits and public expectations for the environment. However, we are also seeking new ways to reduce total air emissions from our facilities. We made efforts to realize air emissions reductions; however, we did not always see the benefits of these efforts in terms of our absolute numbers. Our absolute numbers are a result of market demand and production. Demand for our product increased in 2011, bolstering production but also subsequently increasing some of our air emissions.

Significant Air
2011 Tonnes 2010 Tonnes
Particulate Matter (PM) 2,066 1,936
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) 7,514 7,430
Nitrous Oxide (NOx) 7,921 8,064


Total water discharge by quality and destination. (EN21)

Planned Water Discharges 2011 Cubic Meters
(in thousands)
2010 Cubic Meters
(in thousands)
Planned Water Discharges 149,365 150,768*
Water Quality Measures 2011 Tonnes 2010 Tonnes
Adsorbable Organic Halides (AOX) 175 176
Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) 2,638 2,591
Total Suspended Solids (TSS) 4,075 4,370

*This number was incorrectly reported on our 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report. The error has been corrected and the data above is accurate.

Total weight of waste by type and disposal method. (EN22)

As a packaging company, MWV recognizes that reducing our waste footprint is important at every stage of the product life-cycle. There is considerable health, environmental and financial implications associated with transporting and disposing of waste. This is why we developed a sustainability target to reuse 70% of our non-hazardous solid waste for beneficial purposes by 2020. We believe that this target will reduce our environmental footprint and the costs associated with solid waste disposal.

Overall, we were able to decrease our total waste generated by approximately 4% from 2010 to 2011. However, in terms of beneficial use we only saw slight progress towards our goal. We anticipate further progress in this area as we work towards meeting our target of 70% beneficial reuse. Numerous projects are in development and we are working to identify others that will help us meet or exceed our target.

We manage hazardous wastes in accordance with strict federal guidelines and internal policies and procedures. The minimal quantities of hazardous waste we generate is properly treated and disposed of by authorized third party providers.

Waste 2011 Tonnes
(in thousands)
2010 Tonnes
(in thousands)
Landfilled 289 304
Beneficial Use 435 449
Hazardous Waste 2 1
Total 726 754


Total number and volume of significant spills. (EN23) 

MWV did not have any spills that could or would have had significant negative impacts on the surrounding environment or human health.


Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations. (EN28)

MWV's environmental policy requires all employees to comply with environmental laws of the countries where we operate, striving to continuously improve our environmental performance of our key metrics. The company uses a variety of systems to monitor a vast amount of processes and environmental parameters to help us comply with environmental requirements and to determine those occasions where corrections need to be made. Proactive efforts are made to avoid any occasions of noncompliance with environmental requirements. MWV works diligently to remedy any occasions where we are not in full compliance.

At times, in spite of our best efforts, environmental incidents occur and can lead to legal action by governmental agencies. When a violation is deemed to have occurred, MWV may receive a Notice of Violation (NOV) from the governmental agency. When this occurs, MWV fully cooperates with the agencies and aims to provide the best outcome for all parties involved and the environment. Environmental fines have been paid for air emission events and reporting/recordkeeping deficiencies under various environmental laws.

Please see the table below for the amount of environmental fines paid in U.S. dollars:

Year Envinronmental Fines Paid
(in thousands)
2011 $6
2010 $34
2009 $5