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Energy and Climate Policy Impacts on the Pulp and Paper Industry

In the March, 2008 issue of this newsletter, we reported that Professor Marilyn A. Brown and her doctoral student, Nilgun Atamturk, with the support of CPBIS, had conducted a study of potential impacts of energy and climate policies on the U. S. pulp and paper industry. At that time, only a brief preview of the results was available.

The investigators have now released their final report, Potential Impacts of Energy and Climate Policies on the U. S. Pulp and Paper Industry. The report is a thorough and detailed assessment of what possible outcomes of the policy debate will mean for our industry. Here is the abstract:

Many energy and climate policies are being debated in the United States that could have significant impact upon the future of the pulp and paper industry. Five of these policies are examined here in terms of their possible directional influences on biomass energy and paper production: (1) a national renewable electricity standard, (2) a U.S. greenhouse gas cap and trade system, (3) stronger renewable fuels standards, (4) expanded state incentives for biomass pilot plants, and (5) more favorable taxation of forest property. The observed trends reinforce the value of forest product diversification through the addition of biomass power generation and transportation fuels/chemicals production as co-products of the pulp and paper industry. Therefore, directing capital expenditures to the increasingly costcompetitive and expanding biopower and biofuels markets would appear to have merit in anticipation of the promulgation of new energy and climate legislation. Accelerated investments in new facilities such as biorefineries and cogeneration units and in energy-efficiency upgrades would position the pulp and paper industry to profit from current trends and likely policy initiatives.

The complete report is available at http://www.cpbis.gatech.edu/research/findings/080601_Energy_Policy_MB-CPBIS.pdf


About CPBIS: The Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies (CPBIS) is an internationally recognized academic research center providing business knowledge of relevance to the global forest products industry. The CPBIS is cosponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and the Paper Industry.



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