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Subject:Re: Paperless From:Barb Miller <millerb -at- TCPLINK -dot- NREL -dot- GOV> Date:Tue, 31 Jan 1995 09:47:36 MST
"Paper has been around before electricity. So energy isn't necessarily
needed to make paper."
It DOES take energy to make paper. In fact, it takes 20 watts to make one
sheet of virgin paper from raw materials. Multiply that by 500 sheet in a
ream and your up to 10 kilowatts. The American Council for an Energy
Efficient Economy found that the average company uses 8000 sheets per
person per year; and I imagine tech writers contribute a lot to that
number (how many drafts do we print?)
Of course, it takes energy to run computers and manufacture disks--but
that's another story.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
millerb -at- tcplink -dot- nrel -dot- gov