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Government of Canada Supporting Environmental Improvements at Lake Utopia Paper

The Government of Canada’s Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program is supporting smart investments that improve the environmental performance of mills. This includes investments in technologies that enhance energy efficiency and the production of renewable energy.

Founded in 1882, J.D. Irving Limited (JDI) has operations in eastern Canada (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador) and the United States. JDI has about 15,000 employees working in forestry and a wide range of areas, including transportation, industrial equipment, construction services and building materials. JDI’s forest management activities and environmental practices are audited and certified in accordance with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the International Standards Organization ISO 14001.

Lake Utopia Paper produces corrugated packaging material for global brands of food products and other consumer items. For over 35 years, the mill has supplied paper products to customers in Canada, the U.S. and Latin America.

The Lake Utopia Paper Biomass Boiler Project is designed to reduce the mill’s environmental footprint in a number of ways. The new boiler will provide enough steam to fulfill the needs of the mill — diminishing the mill’s reliance on fossil fuels to power its manufacturing operations and lowering greenhouse gas emissions by more than 66,000 tonnes per year.

A decreased reliance on fossil fuels and new filters for the boiler will translate into lower sulphur dioxide emissions. The project will reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by 304 tonnes per year — a 43 percent reduction.

By making these investments in technology, the Government of Canada is enabling existing pulp and paper facilities to reinforce their environmental and commercial sustainability.

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 and 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

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Margaux Stastny
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada


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