In British Columbia specifically, the wildfires of 2017 and 2018 rendered unusable a lot of high-value wood that would have been used to build homes and furniture. While the wood wasn’t destroyed, it was no longer considered suitable for high-quality purposes. Now, however, it’s perfect for use as biofuel. Under the mill’s partnership with FESBC, announced in January, those types of low-value wood – in addition to branches and treetops that were previously discarded into slash piles and burned at logging sites – will instead be chipped and transported to the mill for use generating renewable power. “We are very pleased to play a role in this project that allows us to access otherwise unused fiber from the forest, and use it to generate green electricity,” Kamloops Mill Manager Jean-Claude Allaire said.
Total European shipments of graphic papers in December 2019 were down 7.6% vs. December 2018 and were down 7.9% year-to-date. Total European shipments of uncoated woodfree in December 2019 were UP 1.8% vs. December 2018 and were down 3.9% year-to-date.
“The forest sector has long supported and participated in efforts to enhance caribou recovery and protection – working alongside partners to advance meaningful solutions, including actively supporting the Government of BC’s Mountain Caribou Recovery Implementation Plan and participating in population augmentation trials. We will continue to work to enhance caribou habitat populations and believe the Section 11 Agreement delegation to the Province provides us with a greater range of tools to do this important work. However, we are deeply disappointed that the separate Partnership Agreement signed today permanently removes a significant amount of fibre from the timber harvesting land base and creates additional operational uncertainty. This permanent removal further shrinks the working forest and will have negative impacts on forestry workers, communities and regional economies.
In 2016, SCA launched a robust action plan with the goal that no known or registered archaeological or cultural remains would be damaged by forestry operations. The level of damage has since fallen every year. In 2019, 7.2% of relics were damaged in total, compared with 10.7% in the preceding year. “When we began to monitor the damage levels in 2015 these were at 40%, so this is a tremendous improvement,” says Anna Cabrajic, nature conservation expert at the Forest Management staff function. Much of the serious damage occurs in connection with site preparation, and also here SCA has noted a highly positive trend.
UPM Raflatac is partnering with UPM Specialty Papers’ UPM LinerLoopTM recycling concept through its RafCycleTM by UPM Raflatac service in order to strengthen the labeling value chain offering of recycled content and closed loop products. RafCycle together with UPM LinerLoop actively enhances industry collaboration for liner recycling and is a good example of the circular economy in action. “UPM Raflatac welcomes this industry initiative to boost the circular economy. UPM Specialty Papers is one of our label material suppliers and together we can support the whole labeling value chain in achieving their zero-waste targets,” says Juha Virmavirta, Director, RafCycle solutions, UPM Raflatac “Turning waste into a valuable resource is a must in the circular economy and an important part of our sustainability approach. We look forward to developing new and existing partnerships with customers and brand owners on the road to zero landfill waste,” he continues.
Pressure is mounting on protesters at blockades that have slowed Canada’s rail network as provincial governments indicate they’re ready for the police to get involved. Ontario police and Canadian National Railway Co. gave Mohawks, who have set up a blockade in Tyendinaga, Ontario, until midnight on Sunday to clear the barricades, according to the state broadcaster. They’ll face a police investigation and charges if they don’t obey, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported, citing a Mohawk source. The blockade is about 130 miles northeast of Toronto.
LSC issued the following statement: “Since the termination of its merger with Quad Graphics last year, LSC has acted quickly to take decisive action to manage LSC’s operational and financial position. We have narrowed the Company’s strategic focus and are aligning our manufacturing platform to address the significant structural changes in the industry. Our primary objectives are to run our solid core businesses successfully and profitably while also using our strong, longstanding client relationships to aggressively pursue new business opportunities.” “LSC has a diverse and experienced Board consisting of eight directors, seven of whom are independent, and all of whom are seasoned leaders who possess significant experience relevant to the Company’s business. The Corporate Responsibility & Governance Committee regularly reviews the composition and size of the Board in order to ensure that it has the right mix of skills and experience to support and advise LSC.”
APRIL Group’s ongoing commitments to sustainable business, transparency and the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were recognised at the Sustainable Business Awards (SBAs) Indonesia where it received several awards and was declared Overall Winner. The company, a leading producer of fibre, pulp and paper with plantations and manufacturing operations in Riau Sumatra, Indonesia, received awards for Best in Strategy and Sustainability Management, Best Stakeholder Engagement and Materiality, Best in UN SDGs, as well as a special award for its contribution to UN SDG 4 - Quality Education.
Georgia-Pacific and KBX Logistics have used smart software to efficiently plan routes, minimizing the miles spent driving with an empty trailer, thereby reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the business. The insights generated by using data capacity and processing power has allowed Georgia-Pacific and KBX to cut 4 million unnecessary non-revenue miles for its 2,300 contracted drivers – saving those 615,000 gallons of diesel. Another initiative to eliminate engine idling at Georgia-Pacific facilities also saved an extra 418,000 gallons of fuel between 2018 and 2019. That has prevented an additional more than 4,200 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
⚫ Sales volume of 8.5million tons; a year-on-year increase of 13.3% ⚫ Profit attributable to equity holders was RMB 2,279 million; a year-on-year increase of 0.5% and a half-year-on-half-year increase of 41.3% ⚫ Gross profit margin of 17.1%; a year-on-year increase of 1.4 percentage points and a half-year-on-half-year increase of 1.6 percentage points ⚫ Operating profit margin of 11.6%; a year-on-year increase of 0.3 percentage point and a half-year-on-half-year increase of 1.7 percentage points ⚫ Net profit margin of 7.9%; a year-on-year increase of 0.4 percentage point and a halfyear-on-half-year increase of 1.3 percentage points