Government Gets It Right With Support for Environmental Advancements in Pulp and Paper Sector



    OTTAWA, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Forest Products Association of Canada
(FPAC) expressed its strong support for today's announcement by the federal
government of a green transformation program for the pulp and paper sector in
Canada.
    "This will save jobs and help us maintain our edge as the 'greenest'
suppliers of pulp in the world. Canadian pulp and paper mills have already
dramatically reduced fossil fuel usage and in a precedent-setting effort, have
succeeded in ensuring 60% of their energy supply is from renewable fuels.
Today's announcement will accelerate this progress and will help the industry
achieve its ambitious goal of using 100% renewable energy in all its
operations," said Avrim Lazar, President and CEO of FPAC.
    "What we particularly appreciate about this announcement is that it
demonstrates a commitment to the future of the industry through its support to
capital improvements - exactly what industry needs to prepare for the return
of markets," says Lazar.
    The Canadian pulp and paper sector has a strong environmental record
having invested hundreds of millions of dollars in greening its operations.
This has made the industry a green leader in the marketplace while improving
its economic competitiveness.
    The sector now produces enough renewable energy to replace three nuclear
power plants or power the city of Vancouver for a year. And it has reduced its
GHG emissions by 60% from 1990 levels - some 10 times more than what is called
for under Kyoto.
    "This announcement is smart policy and smart spending. It will help mills
become more energy and cost efficient while making them more competitive and
better able to keep pulp and paper jobs in Canada," says Lazar.
    "The industry has long recognized and acted on the fact that its future
lies in being the greenest supplier of product to the global marketplace.
However, continued environmental improvements require large capital
investment, something that's not readily available during these difficult
times. The government's new Green Transformation Program provides the industry
with the capital it requires today to make the environmental upgrades needed
for tomorrow," Lazar concluded.

    Canada's pulp and paper sector is a $30 billion industry that directly
employs over 90,000 Canadians in 85 communities across the country. The
industry is one of the most successful global pulp and paper sectors, shipping
68% of its products to over 20 countries around the world.


    
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                     The Canadian Pulp and Paper Industry
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                       Economic and Environmental Facts
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    The Canadian Pulp and Paper Industry: Economic Indicators(1)

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    Employment                                         90,600 direct
                                                       140,000 indirect
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    Exports                                            $20.4 billion
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    Annual spending on R&D                             $300 million per year
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    Annual spending on capital                         $1.1 billion
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    Number of communities with operating pulp and      85
    paper mills
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    The Canadian Pulp and Paper Industry: Environmental Indicators(2)

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    Reduction in greenhouse gases since 1990           57%
                                                       (While production
                                                       increased by 8%)
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    Proportion of paper and paperboard produced        87%
    from recovered paper and sawmill residues
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    Percentage of energy generated from renewable      60%
    sources
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    Total electricity generated                        1700mw
                                                       (Enough to power the
                                                       City of Vancouver for
                                                       a year!)
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    Reduction in water use, 1992-2007                  35%
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    Reduction in particulate matter, 1999-2007         65%
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    (1) Sources: Statistics Canada (employment, exports, R&D and capital
                 spending, 2008), Natural Resources Canada (communities)
    (2) Source:  FPAC 2009 Sustainability Report
    




For further information:

For further information: Ottawa: Monica Bailey, Manager, External
Relations, Forest Products Association of Canada, (613) 563-1441 ext: 323, On
Site Cell: (613) 878-4144, Monica.bailey@fpac.ca


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