OTTAWA, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - At the onset of the International Year of the
Forest, the Forest Products Association of Canada is seeing positive
results from the landmark $1 billion Paper and Paper Green
Transformation Program introduced by the federal government in 2009.
"The investments from the program such as the five announced today serve
as an excellent example of smart policy and smart spending. It
demonstrates a strong understanding of the transformation now taking
place in Canada's forest products industry." says the President and CEO
of FPAC, Avrim Lazar. "The funds are helping the forest products
industry become more energy and cost efficient as well as retaining
jobs and supporting Canada's rural economy in the long term."
Canada's pulp and paper industry, hard hit by the recent recession, has
been working hard to retool itself and gain a competitive edge as a
"green supplier". Mills have dramatically reduced their usage of fossil
fuels and FPAC members are working toward the ambitious goal of using
100% renewable energy in all their operations.
"We truly appreciate how this program is helping the sector enhance its
economic competitiveness as a green leader in the marketplace." says
Lazar. "Forest product companies have been able to make necessary
capital improvements to better prepare for a return to profitability.
It is helping ensure that Canada's pulp and paper industry remains one
of the most successful in the world."
Lazar says this is a good example of industry and government continuing
to work together. "I look forward to working with the government in the
future on similar programs to help Canadian mills transform and meet
the growing demand for green energy and green products in a world
aggressively moving in this direction," he says.
FPAC provides a voice for Canada's wood, pulp, and paper producers
nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental
affairs. The $54-billion-a-year forest products industry represents
almost 2% of Canada's GDP and is one of Canada's largest employers
operating in hundreds of communities and providing hundreds of
thousands of direct and indirect jobs across the country. All FPAC
members are signatory to the landmark Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement.
SOURCE FOREST PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
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Executive Director, Public Relations
Forest Products Association of Canada
Association des produits forestiers du Canada