NewPage releases 2011-12 sustainable development report

NewPage Corporation, a leading producer of printing and specialty papers in North America, today announced the release of its 2011-12 sustainable development report, Making a Difference.

The company focuses on five key areas of sustainability; healthy, safe and engaged employees, responsible sourcing of raw materials, efficient and sustainable manufacturing, responsible and safe products, and strong, viable communities.

Making a Difference provides an overview of the company's performance and latest actions in these five key areas. Highlights from the report include improved safety performance with a total case incident rate (TCIR) of 2.14 in 2011 compared to 2.65 in 2010 and increased chain-of-custody certified product sales to 28 percent of total sales (up two percent from 2010).

Fifty-four percent of the total energy used in NewPage operations was produced from biomass fuels, a renewable energy source primarily derived from the company's manufacturing by-products (up one percent from 2010).

The company also achieved a 12 percent reduction in total greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels, bringing NewPage closer to the company's goal to cut total greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.

"Despite the challenges our company has faced, we made real progress on all fronts in 2011 and 2012,” said George Martin, president and chief executive officer. “While we had to make many tough decisions, we kept our eyes on our business strategy and focus on our employees and customers. We drove productivity using lean six sigma and launched a number of important new products to position NewPage for sustainable success."

NewPage is a leading producer of printing and specialty papers in North America with $3.5 billion in net sales for the year ended December 31, 2011. NewPage is headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, and owns paper mills in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. These mills have a total annual production capacity of approximately 3.5 million tons of paper.

To download a printable PDF of the report, or to learn more about NewPage Corporation, please visit www.NewPageCorp.com/sustainability.