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Backgrounder


The Government of Canada is contributing $6.1 million to the transformation of New Brunswick’s forest sector. Federal programs are supporting important investments that improve the environmental performance of mills to help position the province’s industry at the forefront of the clean energy economy.

As well, the Government is working with industry, provincial governments and other key stakeholders to help Canada’s forest industry take advantage of the growing bioeconomy, where innovation and environmental performance are key.

Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP)

The Government of Canada announced the creation of this program in June 2009. Canadian pulp and paper companies that produced black liquor, a byproduct of the pulping process, were eligible to access $1 billion in funding to improve their energy efficiency, their capacity to generate renewable energy, and the overall environmental performance of their pulp and paper facilities. This program will result in an increase in renewable energy production of 2.5 million MWh/year – enough to power all of the homes in New Brunswick annually. It will also create energy savings of 7.6 million GJ/year – nearly enough to power all of the homes in Moncton, Saint John, Halifax and St. John's on an ongoing basis.

Details of the September 6, 2011, announcements:

  • The AV Nackawic mill will receive funding for two projects:
    • $1.1 million to reduce the mill's consumption of fossil fuels and increase its production of steam from renewable sources, and
    • $2.6 million to improve the mill’s energy efficiency and decrease the amount of fossil fuels burned, leading to reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The Twin Rivers Paper Company Inc. in Edmundston will receive $2.4 million for a project designed to enhance the environmental performance of the mill by improving the energy efficiency of the recovery boiler operations and reducing SO2 emissions.
  • This funding will support these New Brunswick mills as they take advantage of economic opportunities, helping to sustain 775 jobs in their communities.

For more details about the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program, visit http://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/subsite/pulp-paper-green-transformation.


Media may contact:

Julie Di Mambro
Press Secretary
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.