Company receives national award for first-in-Canada technology that uses
renewable energy source
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Kruger Products L.P., Canada's
leading manufacturer of quality tissue products, was recognized for its
environmental leadership and energy conservation achievements through
the 2011 Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC)
Leadership Awards. The Company earned this distinction for its
innovative biomass gasification system in its New Westminster, BC
tissue facility. This state-of-the-art technology is the first of its
kind in Canada and in the entire pulp and paper industry. The award was
presented by Natural Resources Canada as part of the Energy 2011 Lean
and Green Future conference on November 29, 2011.
"Since coming online nearly two years ago, the biomass gasification
system has already reduced emissions at the plant by 36%, which is
equivalent to planting two million trees or removing 3,500 vehicles
from the roads," said Frank van Biesen, Vice President, Technology, for
Kruger Products. "This technology is making real improvements and
moving us toward our sustainable development goals." The key to this
technology is converting locally sourced wood waste that is otherwise
destined for landfill into clean-burning "syngas" that replaces natural
gas in the steam-generating boilers.
"The CIPEC Leadership Awards demonstrate the outstanding achievements of
companies that have distinguished themselves in their work to improve
energy efficiency," said David Anderson, Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister of Natural Resources. "I congratulate Kruger Products on this
award and for their leadership in advancing clean energy technologies."
Kruger Products is being recognized in the category of Process and
Technology Improvements for its achievements as a Canadian company
making great strides to contribute to a cleaner environment for
everyone. The Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) began the Leadership
Awards in 2005. Submissions are evaluated in one of five award
categories against a clear set of criteria, including the project's
improved energy intensity, potential for broader use, contribution to
the environment, innovation, other benefits and the quality of the
submission. Each category has two winners.
As part of its Sustainability 2015 initiative, Kruger Products has
introduced projects to improve technologies at its various facilities
to integrate renewable energy sources into its operations and reduce
its overall energy consumption. "We have a variety of these projects
across our operations," said Steven Sage, Corporate Director of
Sustainability and Innovation. "We are focused on making the right
choices and strive to ensure that our actions translate into meaningful
savings and help protect the environment." Through Sustainability 2015,
Kruger Products is committed to, among other things, reducing its
energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, each by 15%. The
biomass gasification technology brought the Company one giant step
closer to achieving these targets.
About Kruger Products L.P.
Kruger Products is Canada's leading tissue manufacturer and serves the
Canadian consumer market with such well-known brands as Cashmere,
Purex, SpongeTowels, Scotties and White Swan, as well as away-from-home
products for industrial and commercial use across Canada.
Sustainability 2015 is Kruger Products' ambitious five-year plan aimed
at reducing the company's environmental footprint. The Company has set
quantifiable targets for improving its environmental performance and is
focusing on the use of innovative technologies. For more information,
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