Oil steadies as Saudi pushes for further supply cuts (reuters.com)

Oil prices steadied around $61 a barrel on Tuesday as rising expectations of deeper output cuts from OPEC and its allies were countered by a potential delay to a U.S.-China trade agreement until after the next U.S. presidential election. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies, known as OPEC+, are discussing a plan to increase an existing supply cut of 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) by a further 400,000 bpd and extend the pact until June.
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Ralph Lauren commits to 100% renewable energy

To achieve its renewable energy goal, Ralph Lauren plans to pursue a combination of virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) in North America as well as assess a select number of U.S. sites for onsite solar power installations. For the remaining electricity use, the company will purchase green power products, including renewable energy certificates (RECs), guarantees of origin (GoOs) and international renewable energy credits (I-RECs). In addition, and ahead of the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25) in Madrid, Ralph Lauren affirmed its commitment to the Paris Agreement by joining the “We Are Still In” coalition and signed a joint letter, along with a number of leading companies and CEOs, urging the U.S. government to remain a signatory to the agreement.
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Four Ways Sustainability Feeds Domtar’s Safety Culture

1. Align health and wellness with safety and sustainability. Sustainability isn’t just about protecting our natural resources; it’s also, literally, how we sustain strong performance. A healthy and experienced workforce contributes to economic and environmental sustainability. 2. Bring internal investment to safety and sustainability. Sustainability, like safety, does not operate in a silo. Leaders in both areas must cultivate the belief that everyone in the company is responsible for sustainability and our safety culture, Goff says. 3. Communicate clearly and encourage accountability. Sharing our sustainability story includes talking about our safety culture. In our 2019 Sustainability Report, we highlighted key statistics about our safety performance and our journey toward meeting our safety goal, which ranks among our top priorities. 4. Celebrate sustainability and our safety culture to recruit and retain employees. Millennials and younger employees care about environmental issues and want more holistic health benefits. Communicating about our sustainability initiatives, our safety culture and our focus on wellness will benefit us in both recruiting the next generation of employees and retaining our valuable workforce.
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Conlin’s Print Drives Digital Success with Its Second EFI Printer, a New VUTEk h3

King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based Conlin’s Print is extending its superwide-format graphics printing capabilities with a new, high-end production solution, an EFI™ VUTEk® h3 hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll superwide-format LED inkjet printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. The recently installed, 126-inch wide printer bolsters longstanding capabilities at Conlin’s Print as a one-stop print provider with even more options for fast-turnaround, premium-quality graphics. The company is a full-service commercial print business serving the Philadelphia metro area with a broad range of print, finishing and binding solutions, and was an early adopter of wide-format digital inkjet printing. With its latest investment, Conlin’s Print is meeting demand for different types of high-end graphics production applications.
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Bertelsmann Printing Group chooses Heidelberg Subscription for two sites

Bertelsmann Printing Group (BPG) based in Gütersloh has concluded a subscription contract with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Vertrieb Deutschland GmbH (HDD) for its two sites, Mohn Media in Gütersloh and Vogel Druck in Höchberg near Würzburg. “Our goal is to continuously increase productivity over the next five years, and in this way boost overall equipment efficiency,” explains Dr. Niklas Darijtschuk, Chief Operation Officer at BPG. “The subscription contact with the performance partnership is therefore key for us. It gives us the confidence of knowing that for the next five years Heidelberg is responsible for performance and availability.”
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Northern Pulp Stands Behind the Science in Focus Report

“We have used a tremendous amount of time, resources and independent scientific expertise to prepare the Focus Report on our proposed wastewater treatment facility’, states Brian Baarda, Paper Excellence CEO. “We remain confident that we have submitted an appropriate report reflecting the new world-class treatment facility which will protect the environment, will have no meaningful environmental impact, and will represent a significant operational improvement beyond the current treatment and shoreline discharge.” It is disappointing that some federal government responses to our report have been unofficially released. This action is irresponsible, fetters due process, and unnecessarily creates anxiety amongst the thousands of Nova Scotian families who are employed in its Forestry industry.
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SFI Small Lands Group Certification Module achieves PEFC endorsement

The SFI Small Lands Group Certification Module offers certification of a group of small family forest lands, under one certificate, that are supplying the SFI Program Participant that is certified to the SFI 2015-2019 Fiber Sourcing Standard. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), one of our PEFC members in North America, submitted the new SFI Small Lands Group Certification Module to PEFC in 2018. It achieved PEFC endorsement on 12 November 2019, following a vote by the PEFC General Assembly. The Small Lands Module takes the burden off the landowner, and instead places it on the organization that has a need for more certified forest content.
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Pregis invests $5 million in fourth W&H blown film line in Grand Rapids, MI facility; boosts capacity by another 4 million pounds

This latest investment is for a fourth multilayer Windmoeller & Hoelscher (W&H) blown film line to address growing demands for high-quality, consistent product. The extruder will be boosting output by another 4 million pounds annually. The investment is in addition to the $32 million outlay for the first three, five-layer W&H lines and expanded production space, made between 2016 and 2019. In addition to the four W&H lines, the 90,000 square foot area dedicated to manufacturing also houses four state-of-the-art multilayer blown film extrusion lines and film lab. Pregis Films’ research and development team, also located in this facility, works collaboratively with brand owners to formulate the ideal resin blend and operating range for their specific application.
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UPM joins 4evergreen initative to boost value chain collaboration

UPM joins 4evergreen which is a new initative by Cepi, the European association representing the paper industry, to boost the contribution of fibre-based packaging in a circular and sustainable economy. 4evergreen was created as a forum to engage and connect industry members from across the fibre-based packaging value chain, from paper and board producers to packaging converters, brand owners and retailers, technology and material suppliers, waste sorters and collectors. There is an increasing need for sustainable packaging solutions. UPM engages with customers constantly to develop new innovative solutions. “We welcome this initiative as it brings together the whole value chain and has the potential to provide strong facts in support of fibre-based packaging. We believe that we can speed up the development of improved, sustainable products and recycling solutions when we increase information sharing and collaboration between the packaging value chain members”, says Mikko Rissanen, Director, Business Intelligence and Development, UPM Specialty Papers.
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Oil jumps on talk of further OPEC+ supply curbs (reuters.com)

Oil jumped above $61 a barrel on Monday, supported by hints that OPEC and its allies may agree to deepen output cuts at a meeting this week and as rising manufacturing activity in China suggested stronger demand. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies including Russia are expected to extend output cuts this week and could increase the size of the curb by at least 400,000 barrels per day (bpd), two sources said.
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