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Backgrounder

Government of Canada Supporting Environmental Improvements at Hinton Pulp Mill


The Government of Canada’s Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP) is supporting smart investments that improve the environmental performance of mills. These include investments in technologies that enhance energy efficiency and the production of renewable energy.  The PPGTP is laying the groundwork for a greener, more prosperous future for Canada’s pulp and paper sector.

West Fraser Timber is the largest lumber producer in North America, with forestry mills throughout Alberta, British Columbia and the southern United States. Originally built in 1955, Hinton Pulp is a northern softwood bleached kraft mill, located in Hinton, Alberta, and one of three West Fraser facilities that generated PPGTP credits totalling $88.4 million.

West Fraser is recognized for its environmental stewardship. Various parts of its sustainable forest management practices are certified by third-party auditors, including Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standard. Hinton Pulp is registered with the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) Standard for Chain of Custody Certification, which shows consumers their wood is legally harvested from a certified sustainably managed forest.

To continue to improve its environmental performance and contribute to a more sustainable pulp and paper industry in Canada, Hinton Pulp is using PPGTP credits to buy a new pressure diffusion washer, pump and black liquor filter. To operate and maintain the new washer, the mill will build several structural additions, including foundations, building enclosures, piping systems and access platforms.

By helping Hinton Pulp Mill improve its environmental stewardship, the Government of Canada is helping the mill meet market demand for high-quality, sustainably manufactured pulp and paper products.

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 specific project proposals for their facilities and have until March 31, 2012 to apply the credits to environmental improvement projects. The program is working with these companies as they prepare their project proposals, and 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; 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.