Natural Resources Canada has presented Canfor Pulp Products Inc. with a Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) Leadership Award in the category of Employee Awareness and Training.
Cascades has exceeded the target for re-using residual materials that was set in its 2013-2015 Sustainable Development Plan. The company gave a second life to 76 per cent of the residual materials generated by its plants, exceeding its target of 71 per cent. Over this three-year period, a total of 1.4 million tonnes of residuals were recovered.
The Canadian forest products industry is pledging to help Canada move to a low-carbon economy by removing 30 megatonnes (MT) of CO2 per year by 2030 – more than 13 per cent of the Canadian government’s emissions target.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) will implement a new forest management standard in Canada, but only after considerable stakeholder engagement ensures this new standard reflects the opinions of all stakeholders.
The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) and its members welcome the signing of the landmark United Nations agreement to tackle climate change, set to take place on April 22. The agreement urges countries to implement policies that would allow them to keep a global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius.
B.C Hydro spent $17.5 million last year to not buy power from eight producers of biomass energy in the province, according to a story in the Vancouver Sun.
The Government of Nova Scotia has amended a regulation that will no longer require Nova Scotia Power to run its bioenergy plant in Point Tupper full-time.
Air Canada will participate in Canada's Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI), a three-year collaborative project with 14 stakeholder organizations to introduce 400,000 litres of sustainable aviation biofuel (biojet) into a shared fuel system at a yet to be determined Canadian airport.
A forest certification advisory committee working with the Algonquin Forestry Authority on sustainable forest management within Algonquin Provincial Park in south-central Ontario has been recognized with the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Canada Stewardship Award for their leadership and personal commitment.
An effluent leak in June 2014 has led to a fine of $225,000 for Northern Pulp Nova Scotia, according to CBC News. The pulp mill pleaded guilty to a charge under the federal Fisheries Act.
Terrapure Environmental has acquired Consolidated Giroux Environment Inc. of Charlo, N.B. The purchase bolsters Terrapure’s onsite services to the mining, refinery, municipal and pulp and paper sectors.
In response to recent increases in the spruce beetle population, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is committing $1 million and has designated a spruce beetle manager to work with First Nations, local communities and stakeholders to develop a regional spruce beetle management plan.
Unifor and the Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC) recently met in Vancouver to prepare for bargaining in 2017. This is the third joint meeting of the two largest unions in Canada's pulp and paper sector.
A fine of $50,000 has been assigned to Bag to Earth Inc./Sac au Sol Inc., which manufactures paper packaging products, after a worker was injured by a paper-bag-making machine.
The BC Forest Safety Council’s (BCFSC) board of directors recently appointed Rob Moonen as the new CEO of the BC forest sector’s health and safety association, effective March 16, 2016. 
Irving Tissue Corp. pleaded guilty and has been fined $50,000 after a worker suffered an injury while performing maintenance on a machine that produces bath tissue.
Catalyst Paper’s Crofton mill was shut down temporarily last week to mourn the death of an employee who died in an industrial accident.
An industrial vehicle roll-over on Jan. 27 at Catalyst Paper’s Crofton mill has resulted in the death of an employee.
The employee of a contractor working at West Fraser’s Hinton kraft pulp mill died on Nov. 23 when he became tangled in a piece of equipment.
Alberta has announced a “Climate Leadership Plan” that accelerates the transition from coal to renewable electricity sources, puts a price on carbon pollution for everyone, and sets emissions limits for the oil sands.
A female employee of Domtar was killed in a railcar accident on Sept. 18 at the company's pulp and paper mill in Ashdown, Ark.
A demolition and salvage company has been fined $55,000 after a worker fell and suffered fractures while removing equipment from a decommissioned mill on Strathcona Avenue in Thunder Bay, Ont.
The rapid increase in electricity costs in the past 5 years has been challenging for business. Politics, clean energy initiatives, and the economy—they all affect the energy market and they have all had their part to play in rising prices.
Western Economic Diversification Canada has announced an investment of $1.8 million to support FPInnovations in delivering the Aboriginal Forest Sector Technical Support Program in British Columbia and Alberta.
The leader of Quebec’s official opposition party is calling on Premier Philippe Couillard to take action on countervailing duties applied to supercalendered paper exports to the United States. Sylvain Gaudreault, member of provincial parliament for Jonquière and leader of the opposition, says the duty is threatening the future of two mills in his territory.
Exports of wood pellets from North America totaled 6.1 million tons in 2015, which is almost four times as much as in 2010, according to the latest issue of the North American Wood Fiber Review. In the second half of 2015, export volumes from Southern Gulf ports were up almost 70 per cent.
Demand for corrugated and paperboard boxes in the U.S. is forecast to increase 2.6 per cent per year to US$41.2 billion in 2020, as both nondurable goods manufacturing and retail sales post healthy gains, according to The Freedonia Group.
PAPTAC will host the 2017 International Chemical Recovery Conference in Halifax. The event will run from May 24-26, 2017.
PAPTAC has announced a change of venue for the PaperWeek Canada conference and trade show. The event will be held at the Sheraton Centre Montreal.
The PacWest conference is not until June, but organizers are requesting that attendees register early for the three short courses offered in conjunction with this annual industry conference.
Economic output by Alberta’s forest sector grew in 2015, marking the fourth consecutive year of increases. The forestry sector saw the value of its products rise by five per cent – or $150 million – last year, following growth of eight per cent in 2014, 14 per cent in 2013, and nine per cent in 2012.
The federal government has taken a trade complaint about the U.S. tariffs on imports of Canadian supercalendered paper to the World Trade Organization.The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, announced that Canada has filed a request for consultations with the World Trade Organization to challenge U.S. countervailing duties on supercalendered paper imported from Canada.Consultations are the first step in the WTO dispute settlement mechanism.
Adaptation Canada 2016, a national symposium on the preparation for and management of risks associated with climate change, is being presented by the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR) and the Ouranos consortium on regional climatology and adaptation to climate change.
TORONTO – It’s a new day for Canada’s cleantech industry, which is on the verge of taking a significant leap forward.
The outlook for the global paper and forest products industry is stable, says Moody's Investors Service. The ratings agency’s outlook reflects expectations that the consolidated operating income of the 46 paper and forest product companies that Moody's rates globally will increase by zero to two per cent over the next 12-18 months.
Data is the lifeblood of business today, and it’s not easy digging through it to uncover insightful, actionable intelligence. That’s one takeaway from a survey of 600 IT decision-makers in large U.S., Canadian and Western European organizations. The “Digitization at Work” report from Xerox shows the move from paper to digital processes is nearly upon us, however, many survey respondents admit they may not be ready for it.
FITNIR Analyzers Inc. is opening its doors to the Asian market. The Vancouver-based company recently secured its largest single online FT-NIR analyzer implementation to date with Asia Pulp and Paper’s newest mill site, PT OKI Pulp & Paper Mills, located in Southern Sumatra, Indonesia.
Valmet has added new measurement capabilities to its Fiber Image Analyzer (Valmet FS5) which the company says will take the laboratory testing of pulp and paper fiber samples to a new level.
AkzoNobel and agro-industrial cooperative Royal Cosun have formed a partnership to develop novel products from cellulose side streams resulting from sugar beet processing.
Finnish pulp producer Stora Enso has announced a joint development and license agreement to cooperate on bio-based chemicals development with California-based Rennovia, a specialty chemicals company.
White Birch Paper has selected MAJIQ to deliver its Enterprise Elixir product for sales order processing, planning, trim optimization, and manufacturing execution system for its F.F. Soucy and Stadacona operations in Quebec.
Voith Paper now has an SKF-certified bearing inspection facility. Voith Paper North America, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., has signed a strategic preferred service partner agreement with SKF USA, where SKF will supply its expertise, quality bearings, advanced tools and equipment in Voith’s Neenah, Wis., rolls facility.
Solenis has completed the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Lostris International B.V. and Wester Blend B.V., Dutch distributors and manufacturers of specialty chemicals primarily used in the pulp and paper industry. The businesses will be integrated into Solenis as part of its strategy to broaden its process chemicals offering and expand its geographic presence.
Voith has added to its CleanWeave product line with the new Magma and MagmaHigh dryer fabrics. Magma dryer fabrics are made from hydrolysis-resistant PPS which ensures performance in the hottest dryer positions.
A special report on energy efficiency for pulp and paper mills
The Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program has partnered with NineSigma to establish and manage an open innovation platform to assist newly commercialized products and technologies find new markets and new innovative uses in the global marketplace.
A common reason for an unscheduled shoe press belt change is cracks. When an external object or hard paper wad hits the belt harshly it may cause a crack or a puncture hole. Sometimes the sleeve may seem intact outside, but a small crack may have generated which ultimately can lead to an oily spot in the felt, a hole in the paper, poor web moisture profiles, off-spec paper quality, sleeve delamination and eventually, an unplanned belt change.
There’s a giant, covered pond filled with microorganisms at the Slave Lake Pulp mill site. It’s man-made, and it’s massive, the size of three hockey rinks. This is a new addition to Slave Lake’s wastewater treatment system and the source of the methane that the mill converts to green electricity.

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