Will Place More Emphasis On Buying Green Paper Products And Reducing
QUEEN'S PARK, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is changing the way
it does business by using paper products with the highest practical grade of
recycled or post-consumer content and taking measures to reduce the amount of
paper it uses, announced Government Services Minister Gerry Phillips today.
"The McGuinty government is changing the way it does business to create a
smaller ecological footprint," said Phillips. "Adopting the Forest Stewardship
Council's standard will be the latest measure we've taken to make our
government more environmentally friendly."
Next year, the government will adopt the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
standard for at least 30 per cent of all virgin paper purchased for its
offices, as well as other uses as appropriate. Virgin paper comes directly
from a forest and not a recycled source. The FSC is a non-profit collaboration
of Aboriginal Peoples, environmentalists, labour and industry, all working
together to find and implement better ways of managing forests.
The government will also move toward increasing the level of recycled
content in printed materials to 50 per cent by 2012 and will encourage its
printers and suppliers to meet these standards.
"To have the Government of Ontario join our effort by setting specific
targets and dates is unprecedented in Canada and maybe in the world," said
Antony Marcil, President and Chief Executive Officer of the FSC Canada. "This
is a huge step forward for environmentally appropriate and socially
responsible forest management, and for the economic viability of the forest
industry. We salute and welcome the McGuinty government's bold initiative with
"ForestEthics is encouraged by the growing support for FSC certification
as reflected by this commitment from the Ontario government," said Gillian
McEachern, Senior Boreal Campaigner of ForestEthics. "FSC certification
provides the greening marketplace with assurance that paper and wood products
are more ecologically responsible."
The government will also work with the printing industry to ensure that
the printers it does business with are FSC-certified.
The McGuinty government is already taking measures to reduce unnecessary
paper consumption in its daily operations by making double-sided copying the
standard for in-house printers and copiers.
"Every effort, big or small, can make a meaningful difference in tackling
climate change," said Environment Minister Laurel Broten. "This is an example
of a simple, yet effective measure that we're taking to reduce the
government's environmental footprint, a measure that other big organizations
should take as well."
Other changes the McGuinty government has made to its operations to help
the environment include raising its office temperatures to reduce electricity
consumption during summer months and investing in state-of-the-art deep lake
water cooling for the Queen's Park complex.
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For further information:
For further information: Greg Dennis, Minister's Office, (416) 327-3072;
Ciaran Ganley, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8659