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November 25, 2021
European Pulp and Paper Industry Supports EU Action to Safeguard World's Forests; Calls for Focus on Real Drivers of Deforestation

European Pulp and Paper Industry Supports EU Action to Safeguard World’s Forests; Calls for Focus on Real Drivers of Deforestation

From a global perspective, a recent international assessment by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) confirmed that the role of agriculture in global deforestation is even more detrimental than previously thought. Following the publication by the European Commission on November 17 of a draft regulation on deforestation, the Confederation of European Paper Industries, Cepi, comments on the EU executive arm’s new proposal. BRUSSELS, Nov. 17, 2021 – The upcoming regulation is aiming to minimise the risk that commodities associated with deforestation and forest degradation are placed on the EU market. A timely step demonstrating the EU’s commitment to halt global forest loss, and which follows a recent COP26 pledge by more than 100 countries to halt global deforestation that was also countersigned by the European Union. The European Pulp and Paper Industry has a strategic interest in keeping global forest growing and healthy. Its commitment […]

November 25, 2021
Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Increased One Percent in October 2021

Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Increased One Percent in October 2021

Total U.S. printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased one percent in October 2021 when compared to September 2021. Nov. 17, 2021 – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has released its October 2021 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments increased one percent in October compared to October 2020. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers increased six percent in October compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased one percent in October 2021 when compared to September 2021. U.S. purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers in October increased four percent compared to last October while the inventory level decreased one percent compared to September 2021. UFS imports increased 15 percent while exports decreased nine percent in September 2021. Coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased six percent compared to October 2020 while the inventory level remained essentially flat (-0.4 […]

November 25, 2021
ISO Certification: The Challenges And Opportunities Of Gaining The International Standard

ISO Certification: The Challenges And Opportunities Of Gaining The International Standard

ISO Certification: The Challenges And Opportunities Of Gaining The International Standard Nancy Gray – UK Environment & Regulatory Manager, EMR Jack Arksey EMR Over the past year, EMR has received ISO certification for its sites that represent 88 percent of tonnage purchased in the UK and Europe. This achievement recognises our commitment to industry best practice in three key areas of compliance management systems: quality (ISO 9001), environmental management (ISO 14001) and occupational health and safety (ISO 45001). By the end of this year a further 20 of EMR’s metal processing yards will also have achieved this goal, with the aim that all our UK sites achieve the standard by 2023. As a business, we felt that the investment in time and training was essential. From an internal point of view, having a management system in place – whether for quality, safety or environment – provides a structure to […]

November 25, 2021
Industry News Markets US moves to double Canadian softwood lumber tariffs

Industry News Markets US moves to double Canadian softwood lumber tariffs

CFI file photo. The U.S. Commerce Department is moving forward with an administrative review decision to double the tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber shipments into the U.S. to 17.9 per cent from nine per cent. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has condemned the move, calling it “the worst time” to add to housing costs as the U.S. faces a national housing affordability crisis. “Home builders are grappling with lumber and other building material supply chain bottlenecks that are raising construction costs. And consumers are dealing with rising inflation that is pushing mortgage interest rates higher,” said Chuck Fowke, chairman of the NAHB. Fowke called on the White House to end tariffs and help restore price stability to the lumber market. According to a news release from the U.S. Lumber Coalition, producers south of the border are on track to have produced an additional 17.5 billion boardfeet of […]

November 24, 2021
How the rise of copper reveals clean energy’s dark side

How the rise of copper reveals clean energy’s dark side

This story is co-published by New Mexico In Depth and Guardian US Corky Stewart, a retired geologist, and his wife live in a rural subdivision in New Mexico’s Grant county, about a mile north of the sprawling Tyrone copper mine. “We’ve been here three years and we’ve heard four blasts,” Stewart said of the mine, one of four on an expanse of land partitioned into dozens of four-acre lots. From his perspective, the blasts don’t seem unreasonable, given that a mining company owns the property and has the right to do what it wants. But he didn’t know when he bought the property that the company would propose a new pit called the Emma B just a half-mile from the wells he and his wife depend on for drinking water. “If they were to somehow tap into our aquifer and drain our water supply, then our houses become valueless,” […]

May 12, 2021

Top 5 Pitfalls of Using Spreadsheets for Your EHS Management

Using spreadsheets to manage your EHS concerns may not be as economical and straightforward as you think. 

Spreadsheets are a great tool to work with. They are inexpensive, easy to learn and have an abundance of formulas and functions that you can implement. Best of all, you can design and customize your spreadsheets to fit your particular application such as EHS management. As your application or business grows, so can your spreadsheets… to a point. But when does your spreadsheet turn from an asset to an impediment?  

 

 

Let’s look at the 5 main limitations that spreadsheets have when using them for EHS applications:

 

1.Labor intensive. Not able to replace paper. 

Everything has to be entered manually in spreadsheets. Their ability to store and manipulate huge amounts of data replaces a lot of the paperwork, but they can’t replace forms or reports. This means the forms and authorizations