The Government of Canada has made $41.9 million in funding announcements through their Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program.
- West Fraser Mills Ltd. of Quesnel, British Columbia is receiving $2 million for its Quesnel River Pulp mill Waste Water Heat Exchanger Upgrade Project to improve the mill’s energy efficiency through the installation of four heat exchangers.
- Cariboo Pulp & Paper Company of Quesnel, British Columbia is receiving $5.5 million to make the facility’s processes more green and lower its environmental footprint by reducing the amount of chemicals that are delivered to the mill.
- West Fraser Mills Ltd. of Slave Lake, Alberta is receiving $5.1 million to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the mill’s energy efficiency.
- Tolko Industries Ltd. of The Pas, Manitoba will be receiving $2.5 million
- Domtar Inc. in Windsor, Quebec is receiving $5.5 million for two projects that together are expected to reduce the mill’s water use and energy consumption while improving energy efficiency and increasing production of renewable electricity.
- Fibrek S.E.N.C. in Saint-Félicien, Quebec is receiving $5.1 million to increase the mill’s energy efficiency and environmental performance.
- Kruger Wayagamack Inc. in Trois-Rivières, Quebec is receiving $6.3 million for five projects to improve environmental performance through upgrades to mill processes.
- Fortress Specialty Cellulose Inc. in Thurso, Quebec is receiving $9.9 million to generate more renewable thermal energy and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Collectively, these 15 projects are expected to generate enough renewable energy to power nearly 5,600 homes. They are also expected to save enough energy to heat an additional 18,000 homes while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 49,000 tonnes per year. This quantity of greenhouse gas is equivalent to the emissions produced annually by 13,500 cars.
The Government of Canada announced the creation of this Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program in June 2009. Canadian pulp and paper companies that produced black liquor — a byproduct of the pulping process — were eligible to access $1 billion in funding to improve their energy efficiency, their capacity to generate renewable energy, and the overall environmental performance of their pulp and paper facilities.
Source: Government of Canada