Mohawk Receives Prestigious Green Power Leadership Award
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
[Cohoes, NY] – Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. is the recipient of the 2005 Green Power Leadership Award in the category of Green Power Purchasing. Hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the Green Power Leadership Award for purchasers is a recognition program of the Green Power Partnership. This annual award, announced on October 25, 2005, honors U.S. organizations that make significant purchases of renewable energy, thus helping to build the market for green power. Mohawk was selected as a recipient of this due to the company’s commitment and proven track record in green power procurement. “We are proud to have earned an award such as this — an award that honors our environmental values. We look forward to continuing on our path as a green power leader,” says Mohawk’s Senior Vice President, Environmental and Governmental Affairs, George Milner. Mohawk is the only paper mill in the U.S. to use wind energy to manufacture paper. In 2004, Mohawk first began using the pollution-free alternative energy source for its Cohoes, New York, plant. Then, on June 1, 2005, following this year’s acquisition of the Fine Papers business from International Paper, Mohawk negotiated a contract to purchase an additional 35 million kWh’s of wind powered energy to its newly acquired Beckett Mill in Hamilton, Ohio, where the Strathmore, Beckett and Via papers are produced. This commitment to wind energy allowed Mohawk to join the highest level of EPA Green Power Partnership Leadership Club as well as earning a ranking (#16) in the EPA List of Top 25 U.S. Green Power Purchasers. Mohawk’s annual purchase of 45 million kWh’s of wind energy offsets 21 percent of the electricity used at Mohawk Fine Papers’ two New York mills and 50 percent of the electricity used at its Beckett Mill. Currently Mohawk manufactures five of its brands entirely with windpower.