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Kruger Products receives ISO 50001 certification for energy management


November 11, 2019
By P&PC Staff

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The Kruger Products Gatineau Plant has been certified ISO 50001 for energy management, making Kruger Products L.P. the first company to receive the certification from the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ).

The tissue manufacturer’s Gatineau Plant has significantly improved its environmental performance since 2009, reducing its energy intensity by 25 per cent.

“With the ISO 50001-based energy management system, we can continuously monitor our energy intensity, maintain the energy savings achieved and continually improve our energy performance,” says Daniel Morneau, general manager at the Gatineau Plant, in a release. “We now have a structured system in place that involves all of the plant’s operating teams that are working towards a common goal – to continuously improve our environmental performance.”

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“Sustainability has always been a priority for Kruger Products,” says Michel Manseau, senior vice-president and general manager of Canadian consumer business for Kruger Products. “We are the first Canadian tissue products company to be certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard and by the 1970s, we were manufacturing recycled bathroom tissue. This new energy efficiency certification reiterates our commitment to consumers, our employees, our suppliers and our customers that we are taking concrete action to reduce our environmental footprint.”

Kruger implemented its corporate Green Value Creation Program to promote innovation and investment in large-scale energy efficiency projects in all its establishments across North America.

The company has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 50 per cent and its water use by 40 per cent over the past decade.

“Access to Transition énergétique Québec’s programs, including the EcoPerformance Program under which we were awarded the ISO 50001 certification, makes our energy efficiency projects even more attractive,” says Maxime Cossette, vice-president, sustainability and biomaterials at Kruger. “We have already begun the process to have other establishments in Kruger’s various activity sectors certified.”