Transforming the Canadian Pulp and Paper Industry
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The Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program is enabling pulp and paper mills to improve their environmental performance, generate renewable energy and helping to revitalize the Canadian pulp and paper industry.
Researchers with the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre are studying forest genomics which can contribute to forest sustainability and increase the competitiveness of Canada’s forest industry.
Expo 2010, taking place in Shanghai, China, is providing a unique opportunity to showcase and promote Canadian wood products and wood construction techniques to an international audience.
Scientists from the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre and Canadian Forest Service are participating in a wood fibre inventory project in Newfoundland and Labrador to research and map various wood fibre properties.
As world demand for forest products continues to rise, more and more consumers are looking for products that leave a smaller environmental footprint.
That’s why the Government of Canada is supporting the forest industry’s transformation toward a more sustainable future, one that’s based on innovation and environmental performance. Alongside current initiatives aimed at the development, piloting and commercialization of new products, a new federal program — Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan’s) Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP) — is enabling pulp and paper mills to improve their environmental performance and generate renewable energy, all while helping to revitalize the Canadian pulp and paper industry.
Investing in the Evolution of Canada’s Pulp and Paper Industry
The Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program provides pulp and paper mills with one-time access to $1 billion in funding for capital investments that improve environmental performance in energy efficiency, the production of renewable energy from forest biomass and other areas.
This investment allows mills to take advantage of waste heat, increase the production of steam from wood waste and boost their capacity to generate bioenergy, among other green projects. These and other similar changes will lead to significant environmental benefits, including a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, increased energy efficiency and reduced industrial odour and noise.
“The Green Transformation Program is helping Canada’s pulp and paper sector become more commercially sustainable by supporting investments in green technologies,” says the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources. “The Government of Canada’s investments in the forest sector are helping to drive the industry’s renewal by encouraging new markets and new product lines such as renewable energy.”
Distributing the Funds
Thirty-eight pulp and paper mills across Canada, representing 24 companies, generated credits under the PPGTP, based on their 2009 production levels of black liquor, a liquid by-product of the pulping process that is burned to produce heat and power.
Qualified companies are required to submit project proposals for their facilities and have until March 31, 2012, to apply the credits to environmental improvement projects. The money provides qualified pulp and paper facilities with the opportunity to invest in equipment that relies less on fossil fuel energy sources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, while transforming mills into more efficient producers and suppliers of renewable energy.
Canada’s pulp and paper sector is a $30-billion industry that directly employs almost 75,000 Canadians in communities across the country. Canada is one of the most successful global pulp and paper sectors, shipping 65 percent of its products around the world.
The PPGTP is supporting the pulp and paper sector in Canada by laying the groundwork for a greener, more competitive industry that is able to contribute to the growth of a domestic clean energy market. These investments will also contribute to the industry’s competitive advantage as a global leader in environmental performance.
“This will save jobs and help us maintain our edge as the greenest suppliers of pulp in the world,” says Avrim Lazar, CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), an industry group that represents many of the country's forest companies.
To learn more, visit the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP).
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