Purchased energy remains the third largest manufacturing cost for the forest products industry–despite its extensive use of highly efficient co-generation technology. The industry has worked with the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a range of resources for further improving energy efficiency.
Some current R&D projects and energy management resources will benefit the forest products industry.
Analytical Studies and Other Publications
- Manufacturing Energy and Carbon Footprints provide a mapping of energy use, energy loss, and carbon emissions for selected industry sectors.
- Manufacturing Energy Sankey Diagrams map the flow of energy supply, demand, and losses in U.S. manufacturing sectors (including forest products), using data from the Manufacturing Energy and Carbon Footprints.
- Bandwidth Study on Energy Use and Potential Energy Saving Opportunities in U.S. Pulp and Paper Manufacturing (2015)
- Energy and Environmental Profile of the U.S. Pulp and Paper Industry (2005)
Forest Products Manufacturing
The U.S. forest products industry sustainably supplies wood for building products, pulp and paper, and energy. The industry is a leading user of highly efficient co-generation technology, and its facilities typically generate two-thirds of their energy needs onsite from renewable biomass.
See our forest products profile for more information.