Why do companies use EPAT?

September 2015

EPAT provides a framework for the most comprehensive, fact-based evaluation of the environmental performance of paper available today.

EPAT helps companies:

  1. Make informed decisions
  2. Evaluate trade-offs
  3. Collaborate across the supply chain
  4. Measure performance
  5. Achieve continuous improvement

Why do buyers like EPAT?


Environmental performance data comes directly from suppliers. Data is loaded into EPAT by the supplier according to consistent measurements and protocols. EPAT includes 16 paper companies—both large and small—to date. Supplier participation enables buyers to compare environmental performance through a single framework which provides a valuable “apples-to-apples” comparison.


Product evaluations are based on the buyer’s environmental priorities. Environmental considerations for a magazine publisher may be different from those of a newspaper or book publisher based on paper type, manufacturing process, location, and other factors.


EPAT is specifically designed as a framework for communication between paper suppliers and buyers. This is a unique opportunity to discuss critical environmental issues with a single platform.

Life-cycle perspective

EPAT evaluations are not based on a one issue. Environmental performance is utilizes a life-cycle perspective based on the source, manufacturing and end-use of paper products. Evaluating data across the supply-chain allows buyers to identify trade-offs that occur in every paper purchasing decision.

Why do suppliers like EPAT?

Consistent and Standardized

EPAT offers a standardized system to discuss critical environmental issues with their customers.

Single Framework

Reporting all environmental data to in a single framework to customers improves response time and optimizes resources.


EPAT allows suppliers a unique opportunity to discuss environmental initiatives directly with customers.