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2010/18 (a)

Backgrounder

Government of Canada Supporting Environmental Improvements at Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Mill


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.

The Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Mill Limited Partnership was formed in 1988 by an equal partnership between Canadian Forest Products Limited and Oji Paper Company Limited. The mill produces bleached kraft pulp, newsprint and printing papers. The original Port Mellon mill produced B.C.’s first wood-fibre based paper in 1909 and has continued to distinguish itself by investing in new technologies. An expansion and modernization project in the 1990s established Howe Sound Pulp and Paper as a North American leader in newsprint and kraft pulp manufacturing.

Howe Sound Pulp and Paper is investing PPGTP funding in new equipment and modifying existing equipment to realize a number of efficiencies and sustainable environmental benefits.

The funding will go toward the purchase and installation of new, larger evaporator plates that will increase evaporator capacity by four percent. This investment will help increase the production of renewable energy and decrease the mill’s reliance on natural gas, which will result in lower greenhouse gas emissions.

The project will demonstrate that slight improvements to existing industrial facilities, like Howe Sound Pulp and Paper, allow mills to produce more renewable power from wood waste and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while continuing to provide important goods to Canadians.

By implementing these upgrades, which are expected to take ten days to complete, the mill will be able to increase the production of renewable energy and to sustain 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.

The 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, PPGTP is helping the forest industry contribute to the growth of a domestic clean energy industry; create and maintain high-quality jobs for Canadians; and 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.