Pulp & paper

Following several years of decline, mainly attributable to declining production, carbon emissions in 2021 reached a new peak as a result of renewed industry activity.

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Key findings

Global paper production in the Net Zero Scenario, 2010-2030


Reducing energy use by the pulp and paper industry will require greater recycling and waste heat recovery

The pulp and paper sector was responsible for about 190 Mt of CO2 emissions in 2021, about 2% of all emissions from industry and a historic high. As paper production is projected to increase to 2030, significant efforts must be made to reduce the emissions intensity of production. This can be accomplished primarily by moving away from fossil fuels as an energy source and encouraging innovation on technologies that reduce the amount of heat needed for pulp and paper drying.