Virtual Sustainability Panel Hosted by Dow Chemical Company
On June 1, 2021, Rayonier Advanced Materials CEO, Paul Boynton, participated in a virtual sustainability panel discussion hosted by The Dow Chemical Company, one of the Company's key customers. The event featured Rayonier Advanced Materials as Dow’s key raw material supplier. In addition to Dow, other participants included Saint-Gobain, a supplier of Drymix compounds used in the construction industry, SIG – Smart City initiative, an essential service provider to the city of Geneva, Switzerland, and the China Ceramic Industrial Association (CCIA), a leading advocate for the building industry in China.
The event featured panelists in a virtual forum addressing sustainability questions related to the Drymix construction industry value chain. Rayonier Advanced Materials sits at the very beginning of this value chain, with high-purity cellulose being the primary raw material that Dow uses to produce cellulose ethers. Rayonier Advanced Materials provides Dow with many different grades of pulp, primarily from our Tartas facility.
Q&A with Rayonier Advanced Materials CEO, Paul Boynton
From your perspective in the building and construction industry value chain, what are the biggest sustainability challenges you grapple with at the moment? How specifically has it impacted your industry?
"Our products are a critical component in Dow's Drymix products to enhance performance properties. Dow's Drymix uses 75% less input raw materials versus onsite mixtures. The combination of our pulp and their cellulose ethers are an impressive part of that reduction."
How does healthy forestation balance environmental responsibility and sustainability to drive an improved carbon footprint?
"If we keep forests as forests... mainly by making them a valuable part of the supply chain vs. becoming a parking lot or cornfield... we have a continuous, sustainable opportunity to capture CO2."
What are the most pressing resource scarcity demands that we face (Water / sand / cement / transport)? How can we advance a circular economy in addressing them?
"Our processes are water-intensive. Therefore, we take a lot of effort to reduce the amount of water required in our processes and reuse as much of it as possible. Across all our businesses, after multiple uses, we return over 90% of our water used back to its natural environment as measured by SASB standards."
What steps is RYAM taking to ensure it sources only from sustainable, independently certified sources?
"We have a dedicated team formed for the sole purpose of educating our timber industry landowner partners of the importance of sustainability; the team guides our partners through the sustainability certification process."