For the first time, six publicly traded companies – some of which are competitors – have come together to promote the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) directly to consumers. The companies are HP Inc., International Paper, Kimberly-Clark, McDonald's, Procter & Gamble, and Williams-Sonoma, Inc. All sell FSC-certified products.
Canada's provinces and territories have until 2018 to adopt a form of carbon pricing or the federal government will implement it for them, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced this week.
Twin Rivers Paper Company has achieved PEFC chain of custody certification, a third-party standard focused on sustainable fiber sourcing. The certification supports the company’s commitment to sustainable fiber sourcing principles.
Members of the Alberta Forest Products Association planted 74 million tree seedlings in Alberta’s forests during the 2016 planting season. This means that for every Albertan, 18 trees were planted this spring and summer. The industry replants an average of 2 trees for every 1 that is harvested.
Expera Specialty Solutions is launching a new product brand around its natural paper products known as Expera trulyNatural™. In Expera’s words, “Natural papers offer a higher log-to-paper yield than bleached papers, and require much less energy and fewer chemicals to process while still maintaining a high level of performance integrity.”
For all armchair lumberjacks, Husqvarna has released the first virtual reality (VR) chainsaw game – Husqvarna Limberjack. Via the Steam platform, the game is now available to download world-wide for anyone that wants to test their limbing skills and compete for the new world championship title.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is launching a large-scale effort to quantify the conservation benefits associated with well-managed forests.
Two Sides has released a new fact sheet designed for teachers from kindergarten to grade 12, in Canada and the U.S.
Dr. Robert Beauregard will join the FPInnovations research organization as its scholar-in-residence for a one-year term that began on August 8. Beauregard has more than 35 years of experience as an educator, forestry and carbon management expert.
Resolute Forest Products and Serres Toundra will deploy enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology from CO2 Solutions at Resolute's Saint-Félicien pulp mill.
Renowned environmentalist David Suzuki weighed in on the complex issue of biofuel sustainability, finding no one-size-fits-all solution.
The Canadian government has invited Resolute Forest Products and other private sector companies to join the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC).
Twin Rivers Paper Co. has publicly apologized for several leaks of chlorine dioxide that have occurred from its pulp and paper mill in Edmundston, N.B.
A workplace incident left an employee of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper with serious burns, according to a local newspaper. The mill’s general manager, Ric Tull, told The Western Star that the employee was cleaning out a large vessel when he was splashed with boiling hot pulp stock.
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.
Richard Garneau, president and CEO of Resolute Forest Products Inc., reaffirmed the company's support of free, unencumbered access for softwood lumber exports from Central Canada (Quebec and Ontario) to the United States.
Global pulpwood prices were up in the second quarter of 2016 after having declined for seven consecutive quarters, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly.
PAPTAC will host the 2017 International Chemical Recovery Conference in Halifax next May. The submission deadline for the call for papers for this conference has been extended to Oct. 21.
A forum taking place in Ottawa to discuss why biocleantech is key to meeting Canada's 2030 GHG targets has announced its lineup of speakers.
For most corrugated converters, the concept of digital printing has been intriguing but too limited in scope to merit serious consideration.
Consolidation, vertical integration and globalization are three trends affecting the containerboard and corrugated industries, according to Mark Wilde, managing director of BMO Capital Markets. Wilde provided an update on North American containerboard and corrugated markets at the annual meeting of AICC Canada in September.
In a new report, Moody’s analysts highlight the headwinds facing boxboard prices as enhancements to capacity come online, in addition to the supply overhang in China and Europe and the impact of a stronger U.S. dollar weighing on coated recycled board (CRB) tonnage.
Specialty Papers US brings together the entire supply chain, including leading researchers who are working to perfect new applications that improve paper’s ability to resist oils and serve as a substrate, as well as identify specific attributes and unique applications.
Two business-oriented panel discussions are on the schedule at the International Bioenergy & Bioproducts Conference, Sept. 28-30, in Jacksonville, Fla.
The 2016 TAPPI PEERS conference will help attendees discover new ways to improve mill reliability with innovative best practices. The theme for this year’s event is Mill Innovations: Process Reliability to Breakthrough Technologies.
Pulp mills in Eastern Canada may have become more competitive following sharply declining wood costs the past four years. Wood costs reached their lowest levels in 15 years in the first quarter of 2016, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review.
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.
Machinery and Equipment MRO magazine will present a webinar examining the lubricant's role in energy efficiency on Nov. 17.
Officials from Canada’s Ministry of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Energy attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the construction and commissioning of an oxy-fired pressurized fluidized bed combustion (oxy-PFBC) pilot test facility at CanmetENERGY-Ottawa on Oct. 18.
Fanshawe College has begun construction of its new biotechnology research facility, the Centre for Advanced Research and Innovation in Biotechnology, in London, Ont. The new centre will advance biotechnology, chemistry, and environmental technology programs through research and innovation with industry collaborations and partnerships.
The conversion of PM2 at Parenco’s Renkum, Netherlands, mill from newsprint to packaging paper grades will help to position the company as a competitive supplier in the packaging paper market, and broadens its paper making activities.
An OCC system with no coarse screening has begun successful operation at a large paperboard and tissue mill in Ukraine.
Kelheim Fibres has developed a viscose fibre which provides static dissipation. These electrically conductive fibres may have use in protective work wear for electrostatic discharge or in moisture detection applications.
Coldwater has sold and completed the start-up of a PCA Dryer Passivation System at a recycled mill in the southwestern U.S.
Valmet has recently received nine orders for its automated paper testing laboratory from paper mills around the world. Three of the Valmet Paper Lab units will be delivered to North America, four to Europe and two to Asia. The deliveries will take place later this year.
Lignin can now be efficiently and cost-effectively separated from sawdust, by using eutectic solvents, according to VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The research centre has developed solvents which are able to extract 50 per cent of the lignin from wood in a pure form that retains its natural chemical structure during processing.
Specialty chemicals producer Solenis has received patents in both the U.S. and Europe for its Biobond technology, an innovative program that improves sustainability and productivity for manufacturers of recycled paperboard.
Valmet is presenting a free two-day Shoe Press Users Group (SPUG) conference in Florida in October. The event will give mill personnel a chance to share tips, techniques and best practices for improving mill production and operational efficiency.
Kotkamills' rebuilt board machine 2 (BM2) restarted on July 22 in Finland. Valmet supplied key technology and an automation package for the extensive paper machine grade conversion project. The printing paper (MFC) production line was converted to produce a range of folding boxboards and food service boards.

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