Sustainability & Innovation

CNG holds strong our promise to preserve and protect the environment for future generations, and we stay true to these values in a number of ways. Our commitment includes verified conformance with chain-of-custody standards and third-party certification audits, as well as sustainability practices within our own facilities and partnerships with mills that share our commitment to the environment.

Chain of Custody

Each of our paper companies and commercial businesses are committed to maintaining the integrity and sustainability of our forests and natural surroundings.  We can assure our customers that our wood, paper and packaging products are made with raw materials from certified forest content, certified sourcing or recycled content by upholding the chain of custody standards for FSC™, SFI® and PEFC™ papers.

Our Facilities and Operations

CNG’s commitment to the environment includes sustainability initiatives across our facilities, where we have initiated programs that reduce fossil fuel consumption, promote recycling and shrink our carbon footprint.

  • State-of-the-art lighting systems and lighting retrofits to reduce energy output.
  • E-waste program including dry toner, computers, batteries and monitors
  • Recycling program of t8 fluorescent bulbs that contain mercury
  • Increased fuel efficiency in our distribution fleet
  • Idle-free delivery zone policy

Our paper companies are also among the first distributors to partner with SmartWay Transport, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) program to help companies reduce their carbon footprint by measuring and benchmarking their freight transportation efficiency.

In conjunction with SmartWay, our trucks have been outfitted with Roadnet, a fuel saving technology that measures speed limits, rush hour and historical traffic data to provide the fastest and most efficient route for deliveries.

Our Facilities and Operations

CNG’s commitment to the environment includes sustainability initiatives across our facilities, where we have initiated programs that reduce fossil fuel consumption, promote recycling and shrink our carbon footprint.

  • State-of-the-art lighting systems and lighting retrofits to reduce energy output.
  • E-waste program including dry toner, computers, batteries and monitors
  • Recycling program of t8 fluorescent bulbs that contain mercury
  • Increased fuel efficiency in our distribution fleet
  • Idle-free delivery zone policy

Our paper companies are also among the first distributors to partner with SmartWay Transport, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) program to help companies reduce their carbon footprint by measuring and benchmarking their freight transportation efficiency.

In conjunction with SmartWay, our trucks have been outfitted with Roadnet, a fuel saving technology that measures speed limits, rush hour and historical traffic data to provide the fastest and most efficient route for deliveries.

Our Suppliers

We work with mill suppliers who care about the environment as much as we do, implementing the following initiatives:

  • Incoming products with environmental certifications have increased by 20%
  • Use of certified forest fiber and renewable energy sources
  • Recycling program of t8 fluorescent bulbs that contain mercury
  • Reduced chemical, energy and water usage, as well as reduced effluent discharge
  • Increased manufacturing of products with recycled fiber

Our Innovations Group

The mission of CNG’s dedicated Innovations Group is to strengthen the pulp and paper industry through innovation, reducing our global landfill through waste recycling and reuse, supporting re-carbonization and advancing a bio-based circular economy.

Our focus areas include biomaterials, low-carbon biofuels and renewable chemicals, as well pulp and paper industry waste valorization that includes waste-to-renewable chemicals, sludge-to-fuel-grade cellulosic ethanol, and waste-to-low-carbon intensity cellulosic biofuels.

We are also committed partnering with aging pulp and paper mills and product development programs that apply new technologies to mature products, including pulp, packaging and paper to create renewable solutions for everyday products.

Our Innovations Group

The mission of CNG’s dedicated Innovations Group is to strengthen the pulp and paper industry through innovation, reducing our global landfill through waste recycling and reuse, supporting re-carbonization and advancing a bio-based circular economy.

Our focus areas include biomaterials, low-carbon biofuels and renewable chemicals, as well pulp and paper industry waste valorization that includes waste-to-renewable chemicals, sludge-to-fuel-grade cellulosic ethanol, and waste-to-low-carbon intensity cellulosic biofuels.

We are also committed partnering with aging pulp and paper mills and product development programs that apply new technologies to mature products, including pulp, packaging and paper to create renewable solutions for everyday products.