• James Cropper Speciality Papers (JCSP) purchases some 40,000 tonnes of virgin wood pulp per annum.
  • All the pulp purchased is manufactured using either an Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) or a Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) bleaching process.  
  • All of its suppliers are committed to sustainable forest management.
  • All suppliers have attained the International Standards ISO 9000 and ISO 14001.
  • Softwood and hardwood pulps are imported from Sweden and Finland, whilst eucalytus pulp is mainly imported from Spain and Portugal.
  • Certified to FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) and separately to PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification)


  • James Cropper PLC manages Kentmere Reservoir, which lies at the head of the River Kent. This can be used to regulate the flow in the river.
  • 1 million gallons/ 4,545 cubic metres of water are abstracted from the River Kent each working day.
  • 10 million gallons/ 45,454 cubic metres of water are re-cycled every working day.
  • 1 million gallons/ 4,545cubic metres of water effluent are discharged to the Effluent De-watering Plant (EDP) per working day.
  • Papermaking fibres recovered from water effluent in the form of “sludge”.
  • A study is to be undertaken into the feasibility of the Group cleaning its water effluent, thus allowing the Group to discharge its cleaned water directly into the River Kent. This would sever the Group’s dependency on United Utilities PLC.


  • In 2005/06 10,000 tonnes of recovered papermaking “sludge” was deposited in the Group’s landfill site.
  • A new EDP was commissioned in May 2007.
  • Landfilling of papermaking “sludge” ceased in 2007/08.
  • The new EDP recovers papermaking fibres in the form of “cake”, which is considerably dryer than “sludge”.
  • Annual output of “cake” will be 3,750 tonnes.
  • Landspreading of papermaking “cake” commenced in 2007/08.
  • A feasibility study indicates that “cake” and other waste reclaimed materials can be utilised as fuels in a biomass boiler.


  • The Group operates a “good quality” Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant.
  • In 2007/08 the CHP Plant consumed 7.5 million therms of natural gas in order to generate steam and electricity.
  • In 2007 the Group emitted 41,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
  • From January 2008 the Group has complied with the EUETS.
  • The Group’s EUETS allocation is 41,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum.
  • A waste heat recovery unit commissioned in 2006/07 has reduced gas consumption by 6% per annum.
  • A Biomass feasibility study indicates that a biomass boiler could reduce gas consumption by 20%.
  • A Biomass boiler would generate steam from waste that is largely regarded to be carbon neutral.
  • The Group has now exceeded all 3 of its its Climate Change Agreement (CCA) Milestones for specific energy use per tonne of saleable product.