Two Sides North America has released three new fact sheets addressing key environmental topics related to paper and print. Download them by clicking the links below. Paper Recovery and Recycling (https://twosidesna.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2019/11/Paper-Recovery-and-Recycling.pdf) Paper Production and Sustainable Forestry (https://twosidesna.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2019/11/Sustainable-Forestry.pdf) Environmental Facts About the Canadian Paper Industry (https://twosidesna.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2020/01/Environmental-Facts-About-the-Canadian-Paper-Industry_2019.pdf)
Responsible Wood is incredibly grateful for the efforts of those battling bushfires and remain primarily concerned for the wellbeing of people and communities affected by the bushfires. Responsible Wood, our PEFC member in Australia, has released a statement following the devastating fires in the country: Our thoughts are with those affected by the bushfire crisis along with the firefighters, emergency services and the many thousands of volunteers working to protect and support communities across Australia.
The new bio-boiler plant has been put into operation at UPM Joensuu Plywood Mill. It replaces the combined heat and power plant which was built in 1962. The modern bio-boiler plant not only improves the mill's energy efficiency but also environmental performance, occupational safety and fire safety. The boiler uses biofuel, i.e. by-products of plywood production, such as bark and wood chips. Thus, no additional trees are cut down to generate thermal energy. The combustion technology based on the grate technology is more efficient than the technology of the old power plant, which means lower fuel consumption per heat output and thus lower emissions.
Crown Holdings, Inc. has committed to a new environmental sustainability goal to reduce water usage in its global operations by 20% from 2019 levels by the end of 2025. These efforts will decrease the Company's water usage by over 500 million gallons annually. The goal continues the progression of water usage reduction activities that have been underway in Crown's global facilities since 2016. "We recognize the global urgency around water conservation and the responsibility we have as a business to help protect this invaluable resource," said Jerry Gifford, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Crown. "With the accomplishment of our first external sustainability goals well within our reach by the end of 2020, we are raising the bar for our future performance targets. Establishing an ambitious water usage reduction goal is an example of that in action and represents only one piece of a larger water stewardship strategy that will be announced later this year."
At Domtar, we continue to lead in environmental sustainability, with our work rooted in responsibility, efficiency and engagement. We were the first forest products company to become FSC-certified, and now we’re working to understand what’s next in sustainable forestry. As we move forward in our sustainability journey, we’re exploring blockchain technology as a way to increase transparency in our supply chain. “It’s natural that we are looking ahead to what may come next,” says Paige Goff, Domtar’s vice president of sustainability. “We’re researching ways to incorporate blockchain technology into our sustainability efforts so that we can demonstrate even greater transparency to our stakeholders. We think this technology can work hand in hand with our existing certification efforts and with environmental organizations to make our sustainability reporting process more robust and less complex.”
The first biorefinery in the world to produce wood-based advanced biofuels started commercial production in Lappeenranta, Finland five years ago. The UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery uses wood-based residual raw material, crude tall oil, to produce unique renewable fuels that genuinely decrease emissions and mitigate climate change. Today, UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces approximately 160 million litres of advanced biofuels and biomaterials each year. These are used to replace fossil-based raw materials in transport fuels and various plastics and adhesives used, for example, in packaging and construction materials. “Our clients can reduce their carbon footprint by replacing fossil-based raw materials with low-emission goods produced by the biorefinery using renewable raw material,” says Panu Routasalo, Vice President of UPM Biofuels.
PEFC invites stakeholders globally to nominate candidates for the permanent PEFC Chain of Custody Working Group. To nominate a candidate to participate in the working group, please fill out the nomination form. The nomination deadline is 31 January 2020. This working group is responsible for the development of the PEFC chain of custody, including the maintenance of the following standards, which have been recently revised: *PEFC ST 2001, PEFC Trademarks *PEFC ST 2002, PEFC Chain of Custody *PEFC ST 2003, Certification Body Requirements – Chain of Custody. The PEFC Chain of Custody Working Group will work on the further implementation and interpretation of these standards and the development of new tools. It will also ensure the PEFC chain of custody is up-to-date regarding stakeholder needs, technology developments and certification demands.
Gap Inc. recently took two new steps to advance our sustainability journey to reduce carbon emissions: signing the G7 Fashion Pact and landing our new Science Based Target to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Ahead of the G7 Summit held in France last summer, Gap Inc. joined with 32 leading apparel and textile companies to sign the Fashion Pact, a set of aggressive and concrete commitments that directly address three priority areas with significant environmental impacts: across Oceans, Climate and Biodiversity. This coalition will work together to scale new solutions and redirect investment toward the reduction of carbon, increase in biodiversity and resilient development by 2050. For us, this builds on prior commitments we have made, including as a signatory of the United Nations Fashion Charter on Climate Change, which recognizes the role our industry must play in protecting the environment and includes multiple pledges of action.
PAFC Congo Basin has announced the start of the regional public consultation for their forest management certification system. Stakeholders from around the region are encouraged to provide their feedback on the first draft of the sustainable forest management standard and the chain of custody standard. The public consultation is open from 13 December 2019 until 14 February 2020, to forest management stakeholders interested in participating in the process. The 60 day regional-level public consultation is an integral part of the development process of any national or regional standard looking to be endorsed by PEFC. This is one of the final steps in the standard setting process before the final draft of the standard is approved, published, and submitted to PEFC for endorsement.
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil delivered a decision that could define his time in office — his government won't amend the Boat Harbour Act, forcing the impending closure of Northern Pulp's effluent facility by the end of January. The move keeps a promise McNeil made to a First Nation almost five years ago. But forces the closure of Northern Pulp, the largest player in the province's forestry sector. Without being able to use Boat Harbour to treat its effluent, the Pictou County mill is unable to operate, and could kill as many as 2,700 forestry-related jobs.