Sappi Somerset Mill Earns Green-e Certification

Aug. 4, 2011 - Sappi Fine Paper North America announced that its Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine, has been certified by Center for Resource Solutions' Green-e® Marketplace program. The Somerset Mill secured this qualification through new investments in renewable energy generation. Sappi invested $49 million this past fall to upgrade the Somerset pulp mill's recovery boiler and related equipment.

Under the Green-e certification, 100% percent of the electricity used to manufacture Opus web paper at the Somerset Mill is Green-e certified renewable energy that is generated onsite by Sappi. Opus web now joins the line-up of Sappi Fine Paper North America's current Green-e certified product offerings: Sappi's McCoy sheets and digital; Opus web, sheets and digital; Opus 30 web; and Flo sheets and digital; all of which have been Green-e certified since 2009 via renewable energy generated at the Cloquet Mill in Minnesota.

Green-e is an independent, third-party certification and verification program for renewable energy, ensuring that strict environmental and consumer protection standards are met.

According to Sappi, based on the audit conducted for this certification, initial estimates indicate the amount of Green-e certified renewable electricity generated from renewable resources at Sappi's Somerset Mill is approximately 260 million kilowatt hours (kWh) annually, which is comparable to the yearly electrical usage of approximately 24,000 homes consuming nearly 11,000 kWh per year.

In addition to obtaining Green-e certification through the recovery cycle upgrade project, Sappi's Somerset Mill has also implemented several other major projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce the site's carbon footprint over the past year, the company said. This includes work underway to improve the efficiency of the pumping systems of Paper Machine Number 3 for which Sappi received an Efficiency Maine grant.

Sappi's Somerset mill manufactures coated free sheet graphic paper, grease-proof packaging paper and bleached chemical pulp and has an annual production capacity of 795,000 metric tons of paper and 490,000 metric tons of pulp.