Domtar Corporation was recognized by the American Forest & Paper Association as a leader in sustainability with two 2014 AF&PA Sustainability Awards.
Domtar received the Innovation in Sustainability Award for its BioChoice™ lignin and the Leadership in Sustainability Award for Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reductions for its barge unloading and conveyor project.
Domtar leveraged its Plymouth, N.C. mill's existing infrastructure to start a lignin separation plant. While lignin is most commonly used as a carbon-neutral source of fuel, modern technology allows it to be made into a wide range of sustainable products, including coating, natural binders, plastics and resins, according to Domtar.
The barge unloading and conveyor project took place at Domtar's mill in Hawesville, Ky. This one-mile-long conveyor belt from the banks of the Ohio River straight to the mill enabled the company to directly deliver wood chips, eliminating 54,000 trips by wood chip delivery truck. The result is drastically reduced truck traffic and related congestion and pollution.