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Natural Resources Canada
2010/81
October 15, 2010

Government of Canada Leading Forest Sector Renewal by Investing in Environmental Improvements at the Norampac Trenton Pulp and Paper Mill


TRENTON, ONTARIO — The Government of Canada’s investment of $83,000 in Norampac Trenton, a division of Cascades Canada Inc., is helping drive the transformation of Canada’s forest sector and sustain the many jobs it provides for Canadians.

The Norampac Trenton Pulp and Paper mill will receive funding under the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP) to improve the energy efficiency of the mill’s existing paper machine by upgrading its capacity to capture and redirect energy for other uses within the mill. This investment in energy-efficient equipment is improving the mill’s environmental performance and represents an important step in the evolution of Canada’s forest sector. 

“Financial support for this project will reinforce Norampac Trenton’s environmental performance and help the mill meet market demand for pulp and paper products that have a low environmental impact,” said Rick Norlock, Member of Parliament for Northumberland Quinte West. “This is a good example of how our Government’s strategic investments in energy-efficient technologies are establishing the groundwork for a renewed, more competitive sector.”

To increase energy recovery, Norampac has made improvements that have increased the efficiency of the mill’s heat exchangers. The recovery of this additional energy will reduce the mill’s energy requirements and its use of natural gas to heat the paper machine departments by more than 20,000 gigajoules per year. In turn, greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by over 1,000 metric tonnes annually — the equivalent volume of emissions produced by 250 cars in a year.

“This $481,000 project, in which the PPGTP will invest $83,000, will allow Norampac Trenton to improve its environmental performance by reducing the use of fossil fuels,” said Marc-André Dépin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norampac. “The modifications that will be brought to the existing heating system in the mill will reduce energy costs and improve energy efficiency.”

Cascades Canada is one of 24 pulp and paper companies across Canada that qualified for credits under the $1-billion program, based on their 2009 production levels of black liquor, a liquid byproduct of the pulping process used to generate heat and power.

Today’s announcement complements and builds upon on the success of many initiatives in Canada’s Economic Action Plan that are helping to sustain and enhance Canada’s forest industry and the families and communities that depend on it. Budget 2010: Leading the Way on Jobs and Growth established the $100-million Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program to promote the development, commercialization and implementation of advanced technologies in the forest sector — helping create a world-class industry able to compete in the clean energy economy of tomorrow.

In addition, the Government of Canada has committed $170 million to assist the development of next-generation forest products and expand global markets for Canadian forest products. This funding includes $40 million to develop pilot-scale demonstrations under the Transformative Technologies Program.


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The Norampac Trenton Pulp and Paper mill in Trenton, Ontario, will receive $83,000 under the federal Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program. The funding will be used to improve energy efficiency by upgrading the capacity of the mill’s existing paper machine to capture and redirect heat for other uses.

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Natural Resources Canada
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  1. Government of Canada Supporting Forest Industry Renewal and Environmental Performance
  2. Federal Assistance for Canada’s Forest Sector and Communities

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