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Catalyst Crofton mill a leader


November 6, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Ladysmith, BC — The Conference Board of Canada had cited the Catalyst Crofton Pulp mill as a national leader in re…

Ladysmith, BC — The Conference Board of Canada had cited the Catalyst Crofton Pulp mill as a national leader in reporting and reducing its greenhouse-gas emissions, the Ladysmith Chronicle reports. The Board lists Catalyst among 16 companies that lead in climate disclosure, according to its 2007 Carbon Disclosure Project Report. Other leading companies include Alcan, Suncor, TransAlta, EnCana, and Talisman Energy.

The report is based on responses from the 220 most valuable companies, by market capitalization, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and analyzes the level and quality of company disclosure on climate change related risks and opportunities. It also describes the steps that the companies are taking to address the challenge of climate change. It notes that Catalyst had committed to a 70% reduction in GHG emission by the year 2012 and, in fact, has already reached that target.

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“We reduced fossil fuel uses and implemented energy efficiency and reduction initiatives,” the Chronicle quotes Crofton mill spokesperson Michelle Vessey as saying. “We’re burning more hog fuel in the boiler as opposed to fossil fuels including natural gas and oil.”

But the Crofton Airshed Citizens’ Group are not overly impressed by the report, notes the Chronicle. “Catalyst Crofton is doing it primarily to reduce costs,” the Chronicle quotes member Elizabeth White. “They’d get better performance out of hog fuel is they dried it before burning it. That would reduce dioxins and furans, too.”

But, as North Cowichan mayor Jon Lefebure noted, the pulp and paper industry has historically been a major emitter, making reduction so important. He said, “Catalyst has made incredible reductions in its emissions.”


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