Catalyst Paper Corporation announced that it will invest approximately $2.7 million (U.S.) in two projects at its Biron, Wisconsin mill that will improve operational efficiency and lighten its environmental footprint. One project will convert the fuel source of Biron's #4 boiler from high-sulphur coal to natural gas. The second project will modify the TMP reboiler to reclaim unused waste steam from the thermo mechanical pulping process to heat fresh water supplying the paper machines, decreasing the demand on both coal and natural gas. These projects offer significant environmental benefits. They will substantially reduce sulphur dioxide emissions, while achieving major reductions of particulate, nitrogen oxide and greenhouse gas.
The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and PwC Canada have released an updated Buyers’ Guide to Canada’s Sustainable Forest Products so that customers can be well-informed and confident that their purchasing decisions are environmentally and socially responsible.
The guide provides practical advice to help ensure buying decisions go beyond the traditional concerns of price, quality, and availability to also consider environmental and social impacts such as climate change, legality and certification. It will help inform the growing number of companies who wish to adopt green procurement policies as part of their efforts to achieve their own sustainability goals.
“There is no country better than Canada when it comes to meeting the growing global demand for sustainable forest products and we welcome scrutiny of our exceptional environmental performance” says the President and CEO of FPAC, David Lindsay. “This fact-based guide will help discerning buyers feel confident of their choice in forest products sourced from Canada.”
The Buyers’ Guide is being officially launched at the 28th Annual PwC Global Forest and Paper Industry Conference being held in Vancouver, BC on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
“The Buyers’ Guide addresses the key global challenges that the World Business Council for Sustainable Development identified in their Guide to Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-based Products,” said Bruce McIntyre, senior partner in PwC’s Forest, Paper & Packaging practice. “We were pleased to assist FPAC in presenting these issues in a Canadian context.”
The stellar environmental performance of the Canadian forest products industry includes a 70% decline in greenhouse gas emissions since 1990, a negligible 0.02% rate of deforestation and a world-leading 161 million hectares of independently certified forests, four times more than any other country. Under FPAC’s Vision2020, the sector continues to strive for improvement with the goal of a further reduction in its environmental footprint by 35% by the end of the decade.
The Buyers’ Guide can be found at: http://www.fpac.ca/publications/FPAC_Buyers_Guide.PDF