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June 8, 2023

Embracing Carbon Neutral Paper for a Greener World

Carbon neutral paper refers to paper products that are manufactured and produced with the goal of minimising and offsetting the carbon emissions associated with their production and use. The production of paper typically involves various processes that release greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2), which contribute to climate change1.

To achieve carbon neutrality, paper manufacturers adopt strategies to reduce their carbon footprint. This includes implementing energy-efficient practices, utilising renewable energy sources, optimising transportation logistics, and improving overall production efficiency. By minimising carbon emissions during the manufacturing process, they aim to reduce the environmental impact of paper production.

In addition to emission reduction efforts, carbon neutral paper may involve the concept of carbon offsetting. Carbon offsetting refers to investing in projects or initiatives that help reduce or remove greenhouse gas emissions elsewhere, often in different locations or industries. These projects could include reforestation, renewable energy projects, or methane capture initiatives2. The goal is to balance or offset the carbon emissions generated during paper production by supporting projects that have a positive environmental impact.

Certification programs and standards exist to verify and validate the carbon neutrality of paper products. These programs assess the emissions associated with the entire lifecycle of the paper, including raw material extraction, manufacturing processes, transportation, and disposal. Carbon neutral certifications provide assurance to consumers that the paper they are purchasing has been produced with a reduced carbon footprint and any remaining emissions have been offset through credible projects.

To further show our commitment, OVOL Singapore currently carries carbon neutral copier paper that is certified by SCS Global services based on Cradle-to-Grave LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) methodology that analyses the carbon footprint of the entire product lifecycle from raw materials to disposal. Feel free to contact us here for a quick introduction session!