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2010/14 (a)

Backgrounder

Government of Canada Supporting Environmental Improvements at Domtar Kamloops


The Government of Canada’s Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP) is laying the groundwork for a greener, more sustainable future for Canada’s pulp and paper sector by supporting innovation and investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy production technologies.

Domtar Corporation, which formed in 2007 when Domtar combined with Weyerhaeuser, comprises three business sections: paper manufacturing, paper merchants and wood products. Its paper section is North America’s largest integrated manufacturer and marketer of uncoated freesheet paper. Domtar has been recognized for its stewardship and sustainable practices by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Domtar Kamloops, the second largest northern bleached softwood kraft pulp mill in North America, is investing PPGTP funding in new equipment and modifying existing equipment to realize a number of efficiencies and environmental benefits. These investments will also help position the mill to take advantage of future market opportunities.

The specific measures that will be implemented include upgrades to the mill’s no.2 recovery boiler and installation of equipment to improve air emissions.

These capital expenditures will reduce the mill’s particulate emissions by more than 65 percent, while improving the reliability of equipment; increasing overall thermal efficiency of the mill; and permitting more steam to be used for the generation of renewable energy and heat.

These upgrades will contribute to an overall improvement in air quality in the community and support the sustainability of some 430 jobs.

How the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program Works

Thirty-eight pulp and paper mills across Canada, representing 24 companies, generated credits under the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program based on their 2009 production levels of black liquor — a liquid by-product of the pulping process used to generate heat and power. Qualified companies are required to submit project proposals for their facilities and have until 2012 to apply the credits to environmental improvement projects. The program is working with these companies as they prepare their project proposals and as projects undergo environmental assessments.

Under the terms of the program, eligible firms can invest the credits generated at one mill in any of their pulp and paper facilities across Canada. Consequently, newsprint and pulp mills that did not generate credits could still benefit from this program.

This program does not limit funding recipients from seeking grants from provincial, municipal or other funding sources to help ensure they meet their environmental stewardship goals.

By investing in clean energy technologies, this program is helping the forest industry contribute to the growth of a domestic clean energy industry and creating and maintaining high-quality jobs for Canadians, while helping to protect and preserve our environment.

More details about the program and its eligibility requirements are available at http://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/subsite/pulp-paper-green-transformation.


Media may contact:

Margaux Stastny
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-996-2007

or

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-992-4447

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media/index-eng.php.