Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) released Innovative, Sustainable, Resilient: Recommendations from Canada’s Forest Sector to Drive Economic Recovery and a Net-Zero Carbon Future. The report, submitted to the federal government, outlines how Canadian forestry workers, forest management, and forest products can help kickstart a green economic recovery. At today’s launch, FPAC President and CEO, Derek Nighbor, issued the following statement: “In the face of rising COVID numbers in most parts of the country, Canadians continue to stare down the biggest health and economic crisis of our lifetimes. Last week’s announcement that the federal deficit is projected to hit $382 billion by March 2021 is a stark reminder of how daunting the recovery effort will be. We need to come together with solutions that will meet the needs of Canadian workers and their families and deliver jobs to communities that need them, while promoting innovation and our move to a lower-carbon economy."
Stora Enso has completed the installation of dispersion barrier technology at its Forshaga site in Sweden and production has now started. Completion of the installation follows the company’s EUR 10 million investment announced in 2020. The installation was carried out on time and the production of new products will be ramped up during the coming months.
Dispersion barrier technology enables the production of more sustainable packaging solutions, facilitating the use of renewable wood fiber materials in demanding end uses such as food packaging. These products are also easier to handle in a recycling process, have a lower carbon footprint and can be composted in industrial facilities.
“When striving towards a circular bioeconomy, new ways to create even better properties for paperboard packaging are needed. Completing the installation of dispersion technology in Forshaga is an important step in our innovation and sustainability agenda. By enabling industrial production of eco-friendly packaging materials, we can meet the increasing consumer demand for sustainable and circular packaging,” says Hannu Kasurinen, Executive Vice President, Packaging Materials division.
Since last year, the site in Forshaga has become a competence centre within Stora Enso’s Packaging Materials division, tasked with developing and producing new bio-based material technologies and products.