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Domtar encourages green thoughts


January 1, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

KAMLOOPS, BC — Domtars Kamloops pulp mill expects to gain an edge on competitors by encouraging its employees to c…

KAMLOOPS, BC — Domtars Kamloops pulp mill expects to gain an edge on competitors by encouraging its employees to conserve energy, according to Markus Ermisch of Kamloops This Week.

We believe that through energy-conservation initiatives, we can proactively improve our cost-competitiveness so absolutely, we hope to see a positive impact on the bottom line, said Kristen Dangelmaier, the mills environmental manager, is quoted as saying about the value of a workshop held last week.

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About 330 of the Mission Flats mills 450 employees participated in a BC Hydro workshop on how to save energy at work and at home.

In the article, Dangelmaier said she doesnt know how much money the mill may save if its employees try to conserve electricity. The mill consumes about 50 megawatts of energy, enough to power 50,000 homes. And it is on the verge of becoming energy self-sufficient. Since 2004, the mill at times produces more energy than it consumes and is occasionally able to sell energy back into the provinces power grid.

Dangelmaier said she has no details yet about a power-generation plan that may come into effect next year, which would transform the mill into a net energy producer. Mill manager Eric Ashby said in a press release that the workshop fits very well with our green vision for the mill.

That vision, according to Dangelmaier, includes decreasing the use of fossil fuels in favour of generating thermal energy from burning wood residue, as well as slashing the use of bleaching agents in the production of pulp. An amended emissions permit issued last month requires the mill to reduce particulate emissions to 90 milligrams per cubic metre by 2012.

The current limit is 230 milligrams per cubic metre, and the emitted average is 170 milligrams per cubic metre.

Source: Kamlooops This Week


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