A new environmental initiative is working to calculate all the conservation benefits that flow from sustainably managed forests across North America.
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) held in Paris recognized the urgency of global action to respond to the challenges of climate change. COP21 also highlighted how the impact of increased global temperatures will affect all regions and countries on Earth, but the hardest hit will be those already living in poverty and food insecurity.
There is an old cliché that remains valid today – what gets measured gets done.
That philosophy is what guides the CDP, a not-for-profit that was established 15 years ago to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources.
The roots of Resolute Forest Products took hold in the midst of the Industrial Revolution. Starting in 1820 and over the following two centuries, the company grew from 20 sawmills along the banks of the St. Lawrence River to the 40+ pulp, paper, wood products and tissue facilities we operate today in the United States, Canada and South Korea.
A newly published book “Resolute Roots” follows the evolution of the company and the pioneers who built it, through two world wars and numerous technological revolutions.
Written by author Martin Fairbank, a former Resolute employee, the book tells the story of Resolute’s family tree, which includes names such as Abitibi, Consolidated Bathurst, Canadian International Paper, Bowater, Ontario Paper, Donohue and Price – and celebrates the building of the Mersey, Alma, Kénogami, Murray Bay, Thorold and Gatineau mills, along with numerous other facilities.
For the fourth time in a row, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has confirmed that the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) forest management standards meet its rigorous third-party international forest certification criteria.
The SFI Program (2015-2019) was re-endorsed by PEFC after a 60-day public comment period, a detailed examination and third-party assessment against nearly 200 criteria by a PEFC-approved assessor and a review by a PEFC panel of experts.
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has released its 2016 sustainability report, showcasing the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry’s commitment to sustainability across the value chain.
Resolute Forest Products is proud to congratulate Michel Belleau, the company’s Superintendent of Operation Planning and Forest Inventory in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, who recently garnered the prestigious Henri-Gustave-Joly-de-Lotbinière award from the Quebec order of forest engineers.
The Henri-Gustave-Joly-de-Lotbinière award acknowledges the work of a person who is not a professional forest engineer but has advanced the cause of forestry and enhanced the profession’s reputation. Michel is a trained forest technician.
The Canadian Forest Service’s new My Tree mobile application is a unique tool for exploring the urban forest. The app allows users to identify their climate hardiness zones, apply search filters and discover the native trees of Canada that could thrive on their property and in their neighbourhood.
Thanks to Canada’s reputation as a reliable, responsible supplier of high-quality and sustainable forest products, Canadian companies export our forest products to nearly every nation on the planet. Resolute alone exports to about 80 countries.
Resolute’s business and sustainability strategies are interdependent. Our company’s vision, our corporate values and the way we do business every day reflect our commitment to sustainability. The latest example of our approach is that Resolute and Serres Toundra, the largest greenhouse complex in Quebec, have joined forces with CO2 Solutions to reduce carbon emissions at our Saint-Félicien pulp mill and reuse captured CO2 at the adjacent greenhouse. This first-of-its-kind initiative in our industry is not only good for the environment, but will also lead to significant economic and social benefits in the Lac-Saint-Jean region.
Resolute’s Grenada (Mississippi) newsprint mill was recently recognized by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a regional provider of electricity for industries and local power companies, as the top performer for the most kilowatt hours saved in 2015 among its directly-served customers.
In June of this year, TVA announced that Grenada had saved 32,000,000 kWh through its thermomechanical pulp inter-stage screening project, a three-year initiative that has saved a total of 85,100,000 kWh (about the same as the total electricity used by 8,800 homes in a year).
A new survey, commissioned by the Two Sides organization, reveals that many American consumers (79%) want to retain the choice of receiving paper bills and statements, at no additional cost.
The survey results also indicate that the environmental acceptance for print and paper is improving, with 91% of respondents agreeing that print and paper can be a sustainable way to communicate when responsibly produced and used.
On July 15th, Resolute announced its membership in the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) at an event hosted by Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, and the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney.
We are pleased to join the CPLC, a voluntary global partnership that brings together leaders across national and sub-national governments, the private sector, and civil society to help address climate change through putting a price on carbon.
Resolute’s Fairmont team has once again been recognized by Marion County for being a recycling leader and for making a significant contribution to the local community. On April 20th, the Fairmont pulp mill – and General Manager Brian Wilmoth – were both recognized by the Recycling Coalition of West Virginia as Recycling Champions.
Resolute wins for Best Forestry and Paper Solutions
We are pleased to announce that Resolute’s sustainability leadership has been recognized again by The New Economy Magazine – a quarterly technology, business and finance publication. The publication awarded Resolute with its Clean Tech Award for Best Forestry and Paper Solutions.
This is the second time Resolute has won a Clean Tech Award (the first being in 2014), which recognizes companies whose ideas, achievements, projects and solutions reflect innovation, long-term vision and leadership.
Resolute’s achievements in a number of areas were highlighted, including: a 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2000; investing in cleaner energy with 72% of total energy needs now from renewable sources and 78% from biomass; 100% responsible forest management certification and 100% chain of custody certification; Resolute’s partnerships with Canada’s First Nations and Aboriginal communities; our world class safety performance; and, the successful launch and growth of Resolute’s Align™ brand of eco-efficient, budget-friendly papers, which use up to 50% less wood fiber than traditional freesheet papers, and have a carbon footprint 35% to 85% smaller.
You can read the full article on Resolute, where our Vice President, Corporate Communications, Sustainability and Government Affairs, Seth Kursman, explains how we are following through on our strategy of building a sustainable, long-term business.
Over the past several years, Resolute has attracted a great deal of North American and global recognition and awards linked to our overall sustainability leadership and accomplishments. You can read more about them on our website.
Can you imagine commuting to work or travelling to see friends in a flying car? Someday you might – and your flying car might just be made from wood.
With cutting-edge forest-derived compounds emerging all the time, there is a real possibility that wood products will be the material of choice when flying cars hit the market.
The State of Canada’s Forests report notes that Canada has become a leader in researching innovations from wood. That research has revealed many applications for substances derived from wood – including uses in car manufacturing.
A short new animated video is tackling misleading environmental claims that “Going Paperless” means “Going Green.”
In it, Two Sides North America – an international network, which represents over 1,000 members of the Graphic Communications industry – points out that claims about saving trees are creating a false impression that our forests are being destroyed by people printing documents.
For years, we’ve been subjected to negative email footers that state “printing emails kills trees” or ones that encourage us to “please consider the environment before printing this email”.
Such statements imply that electronic communication always has less effect on the environment than printed materials.
Our Calhoun mill connects with this mentoring organization through sponsorship and a mill tour.
It’s a big world out there. Jonathan Porter knows that. He’s been active with the local chapter of the national mentoring and education organization 100 Black Men of America since 2004.
As a supplier of forest products, Canada has the best reputation in terms of environmental practices and reputation.
That is a key finding of a perception study conducted by Leger-The Research Intelligence Group in late 2015, which asked international buyers of wood, pulp and paper in the United States, Europe and Asia about their perceptions of forest products and environmental issues.
For people living in boreal communities, the forest is not simply a resource; it’s part of who they are and they’re deeply motivated to protect it for the future. Considering misinformation from Greenpeace, ForestEthics (now called “Stand”) and other like-minded activists, it’s important that we share these kinds of stories, providing a voice to the people of the Canadian boreal forest.
Resolute is starting the year out right, receiving more global recognition for our leadership in sustainability.
We were honored to recently win the U.K.-based Corporate LiveWire’s Excellence in Sustainable Forest Products Award, representing The Americas category of the 2016 Innovation & Excellence Awards. Check out the full guide online.
Recently, one of Canada’s leading TV newsmagazines, Radio-Canada’s Enquête, spent months investigating the issues around Boreal forest management. After looking closely at the facts, the hour-long exposé that aired on March 24 highlighted a pattern of misinformation and misleading communications by Greenpeace.
That headline-grabbing statement is just one of many contained in the federal government’s newly released State of Canada’s Forests report.
Celebrating 25 years of reporting on Canada’s forests, the publication is filled with interesting facts and figures and asks some provocative questions:
- How do forests benefit Canadians?
- Do you know a lumberjack?
- Will my flying car be made of wood?
- Do jobs grow on trees?
Healthy forests matter more than you know.
That’s the message from this year’s United Nations-sponsored International Day of Forests – March 21 – as it explores this year’s theme: Water. Specifically, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the U.N. wants to draw attention to how forests are key to the planet’s supply of freshwater.
Continued use of paper and wood products keeps forests from being permanently lost to other uses, new report finds.
Use it or lose it. That’s essentially the finding of a new study commissioned by Two Sides that examines the impact of the decline in paper consumption on the forests of the Southern U.S.
The white paper, released February 8th 2016, points to mounting evidence that the loss of a market for paper and other wood products doesn’t make for more trees, but actually increases the risk of forest loss.
The first sawmill in Quebec to be listed as a Level 3 recycler, La Doré was already managing its 3-Rs well. But when it tackled the plastics problem, its waste diversion from landfills more than doubled.
Resolute employee Mario Laprise is sometimes surprised by all the attention the La Doré (Quebec) sawmill is receiving over its recycling practices. After all, the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region sawmill, with 237 employees, has been an active recycler for years. But it was recently celebrated by the region’s Environment and Sustainability Council (CREDD) as an example of how large industrial players are making a big difference.
Did you know that Canada is the world’s second largest producer of forest products? The work we do supports thousands of people, directly and indirectly, in Canada and the U.S. And on this side of the border, forestry and associated industries make up at least 50% of the economic base in 200 communities, supporting the livelihoods of nearly 600,000 people.
Have you heard about Carlsberg’s plans to develop wood-based beer bottles? What about the wine bottles made of compressed recycled paper on some U.S. store shelves or multi-storey wood buildings being constructed around the world?
Behind these moves toward more sustainable packaging is an important idea: more companies and consumers are connecting sustainability and forest products.
Non-tree paper comes from a sustainable source that can regrow quickly, so… it’s better for the environment, right? Well, things are never as straightforward as they seem. Especially when it comes to talking about the sustainability of using one resource – trees – over another – non-wood fibers.
We use a materiality analysis. It’s a way of identifying critical environmental, social and economic issues that can either have a significant impact on our business or on what our stakeholders think of us. We undertook our first materiality analysis when we wrote our 2010 Sustainability Report. Part of the process involved conducting interviews with members of the research community, industry, government, customers, environmental non-government organizations, unions and investors. Through these interviews, we gained a better understanding of the sustainability issues of material importance to us and how stakeholders perceive our management of these issues.
Five facts to pull out at your next real-versus-plastic-tree debate.
There is nothing like the aroma of a Balsam fir filling your living room over the Holidays. Smell is a powerful memory trigger and with Christmas being about traditions, the lasting fragrance of an evergreen is a key ingredient to great ambiance. But if you’ve given all that up for environmental reasons, you may be missing the bigger picture.
This week we learned that Resolute has taken the Silver at the Best in Biz Awards – North America for Most Socially or Environmentally Responsible Company of the Year. Earlier this year we also won a Bronze in the international division of the same competition – this time, the award is for Canadian and U.S. companies.
A recent issue paper from the Canadian Climate Forum (CCF) tells the carbon-friendly story of the Canadian forest products industry, and inspires us to think about where we can go from here.
We got some good news this week – our Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certificate for the Black Spruce/Dog River-Matawin forest in Northwestern Ontario has been reinstated. The reinstatement further confirms Resolute’s status as one of the largest holders of FSC forest management certification in Canada and all of North America.
A fiber tracking system is a mechanism that tracks fiber sources from the forest to the final product. That way we can ensure that the fiber contained in our product can be traced back to responsible sources and that it was legally harvested. And that includes fiber purchased from external suppliers. Doing this helps to ensure the sustainability of our fiber supply.
November 13 was an exciting day for Resolute: We were recognized by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) as a leader in sustainability for our safety performance and by the International Business Awards, known as the Stevie® awards for Women in Business for the achievements of Pascale Lagacé, our vice president, Environment and Climate Change. We also garnered a Stevie award for our corporate blog.
Resolute announced the acquisition of Atlas Paper Holdings, a leading Florida-based manufacturer of at-home and away-from-home tissue products, including recycled and virgin paper grades.
This transaction fits nicely with our announcement this past June to build state-of-the-art tissue and converting facilities at our Calhoun (Tennessee) operation.
What is Resolute doing to ensure its sawmills are working sustainably?
To start, all of the forest lands we manage are in Canada, which is a highly regulated environment with active enforcement from federal and provincial governments. We adhere to strict, internationally recognized sustainable forest management (SFM) and chain of custody (CoC) standards that provide customers with the assurance that the wood fiber we use originates from responsibly managed forests.
Today, Resolute followed up on our December 2014 commitment to implement a new corporate sustainability reporting strategy – moving to a biannual online format that we believe will ensure up-to-date and easily accessible information for all stakeholders.
Every year our executive team sets business priorities for the following year. They’re clearly stated in our annual reports (usually in the letter to shareholders). Typically, they describe in broad terms what we will focus on in the coming year to increase value for shareholders in the long term.
Specialty paper is an industry term for the different types of papers made for commercial printing that are not newsprint. So if you think of books, magazines, flyers, catalogs, direct mail, inserts, even maps, each has to be printed on different types of papers, some coated to make them shiny, and some uncoated.
At Resolute we have a lot to say about sustainability. We’ve written thousands of words on the topic, delivered hundreds of speeches on it, and shot hours of interviews with employees and executives about it. But experts say audiences learn best with whiteboards. So we’re adding a new whiteboard video to our information tool box. It offers a straightforward take on how Resolute is a leader in maintaining healthy forests, and it’s ready for sharing.
The two mills in our operations network that do handle recycled newsprint (one in Thorold, Ontario and the other in Mokpo, South Korea) are both located near urban areas that have more readily accessible supplies of recovered paper.
We’re proud of the work our people do here at Resolute, but these latest nominations are a chance for us to be proud of the work our people are doing with others. Our First Nations partnerships are the focus of both the Northern Ontario Business Award (NOBA) we’re receiving and the Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Award, for which we’ve been shortlisted.
When Resolute customers buy pulp, paper and lumber from us, they know they are buying from a sustainable supply chain. But sometimes they need to tell our story to their own customers. That’s why we posted a new SlideShare called The Sustainable Supply Chain. It tells our sustainability story in 14 simple slides, from the importance of asking where wood comes from to what responsible sourcing is and how chain of custody works.
As dramatic footage from this summer’s wildland fires reaches our screens, we are reminded of the devastating power of nature. But in light of the theme for the 2015 National Forest Week – wildland fires – we thought we’d take a look at a few questions about forest fires. What are the causes, why fires are important – especially to the boreal – and when do you just let it burn?
We’re very proud of all the work our teams have done to bring Resolute to the podium for so many awards this year. And it’s especially gratifying to see that of the dozen honors we’ve either received or have been shortlisted for, six specifically recognize aspects of our work in sustainability. There’s no question this is the result of a great team effort but there’s an element of leadership here that is also important to recognize. And it is being recognized. Twice!
Pascale Lagacé, our Vice President of Environment and Climate Change, was nominated not for one, but for two awards. She’s been named to the prestigious Clean50 awards and she won a silver Stevie® in the International Business Awards’ first-ever Woman-of-the-Year category.
Canada’s boreal forest is a national treasure. Spanning from coast to coast, this forest is one of the world’s most complex and diverse ecosystems. It is a source of life for countless species – from the millions of birds who live there permanently or migrate to the forest each season, to the mammals and insects that span the continent and rely on the lakes, rivers, streams, soil and trees in the forest. It produces the very air we breathe, and regulates the atmosphere that we all call home.
At Resolute, sustainability just makes sense to us. Our future depends on our forests as a renewable resource. That’s why we go beyond government harvest plans to ensure that 100% of our managed forests are certified to at least one of three internationally-recognized standards.
That’s about the half the size of Connecticut (or about 6,000 square kilometers), but spread out over all of Canada.
In comparison, more than five times that area is disturbed annually by natural causes such as forest fires, insects and disease. Canada’s boreal forest is 100% regenerate, about 75% of the area harvested through forestry grows back naturally. And the other 25%? That grows back as a result of the prompt reforestation work done via seeding and tree planting.
Want to know when Canada will harvest its last tree? Never. That’s the answer a new fact sheet offered by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) uses to illustrate the rigor of Canada’s forest management policies, which are some of the toughest in the world.
The fact sheet is one in a new series that is designed to help the forest products industry promote itself and provide concise and consistent responses to misinformation. (For more on forestry myths see our July blog post The Greatest Threat to the boreal is Misinformation.)
Last month we posted about surpassing a huge greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction milestone: two years ahead of schedule, we reduced our total GHG emissions by 67.5% over our 2000 baseline.
Let’s talk about some of the things we did to get there.
More than half of this came from the amazing efforts Resolute teams made to reduce GHG emissions intensity by cutting our energy consumption and switching to cleaner burning fuels – like the great work our Coosa Pines (Alabama) and Calhoun (Tennessee) mills did to completely eliminate their on-site coal use.
We are excited to share that Resolute was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Health, Safety & Environment Program of the Year – in Canada and the U.S.A. and that our Vice President Environment and Climate Change, Pascale Lagacé, was named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in Woman of the Year category in the 12th Annual International Business Awards!
The International Business Awards (IBAs) are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations. The 2015 IBAs received entries from more than 60 nations and territories.
We’re pleased to announce that Resolute has been named the bronze winner in the most socially or environmentally responsible company of the year category of the Best in Biz Awards 2015 International.
Now in its third year, Best in Biz Awards International has retained its unique status of being the only global business awards program judged solely by members of the press and industry analysts. Having researched and covered numerous successful companies, they believe these judges have the expertise to objectively evaluate the entry pool to choose the top companies, teams, executives and products from among the submissions.
We read with interest comments from Richard Brooks of Greenpeace, following the launch of the “Share Your Voice” campaign, which are entirely inconsistent with what he and Greenpeace have been saying and doing for the past two years.
Specifically, Richard Brooks raised the prospect of mediation and also the engagement of stakeholders.
As you know, Resolute has been consistent on the need for inclusive discussions, negotiations, and compromise solutions, developed in collaboration with governments, communities, workers and First Nations that lead to the most sustainable outcomes.
Total sales for 2014 were US$4.258 billion. Where we distinguished ourselves was in our market pulp and wood products segments, which generated US$221 million of EBITDA. In other words, we add up what we’ve earned in these segments and deduct the interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization to calculate a measure we can use to determine financial health.
By law, areas harvested by all Canadian forest products companies operating in the boreal region, are required to be regenerated to ensure there is zero net loss of tree cover. Each year, Resolute supports natural regeneration with responsible harvest practices, and in 2012, the company celebrated the planting of its one billionth tree in northern Ontario. Just a few weeks ago, we participated in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s attempt to break the world record for most trees planted in an hour, planting 38,976 trees in Northwestern Ontario with our reforestation contractors and tree planters.
Following strong demonstrations of support from a broad range of stakeholders and other interested parties, we share with you a letter from the United Steelworkers, representing 20,000 men and women employed in Canada’s forest products industry. The letter expresses ongoing concern with continued activists’ misinformation campaigns targeting the Canadian boreal.
One of the organizations that Resolute supported in 2014, the Keep America Beautiful Foundation, along with the Ad Council and Unilever, have launched a year-long campaign called “I want to be recycled” to dramatically increase the number of people who recycle plastic from personal care and health products.
When non-forest sources of paper are presented as more sustainable than using wood pulp, there’s a lot of information being left out of the story. Their impacts can be broadly the same. It depends on what you measure and how you measure it.
An ambitious experiment in the Mauricie (Quebec) region, could lead the way to a future where the infrastructure, operations and transportation requirements of all forest products operations and facilities in a region are coordinated to maximize efficiency and minimize environmental impacts.
Most of us have a recycling bin nearby overflowing with paper products, so you probably won’t be surprised to learn that paper remains the most recycled of household waste materials.
Resolute is growing its wood products segment with exciting new projects in Thunder Bay, Atikokan and Ignace (Ontario). Over 1,000 new employees joined Resolute last year, and we are now looking to hire over 4,000 new employees in the coming years. Many career opportunities are available to you.
In November 2014, Resolute cut the ribbon at a new industrial wood pellet plant in Thunder Bay (Ontario) that is now converting sawdust, a by-product of our adjacent sawmill into wood pellets, a reliable source of renewable energy.
If you’ve ever wondered just how ‘green’ Canada’s forest products industry really is, you’ll want to check out FPAC’s latest publication.
Canada’s forest products industry has the best environmental reputation in the world according to survey results featured in the latest brochure from the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), “Growing a Greener Tomorrow.”
We know that the forest products industry provides us with lumber for building, paper for reading and learning, and pulp for boxes and commercial packaging. These traditional uses don’t even begin to tell the whole story of how wood enriches our daily lives.
Welcome to another Earth Day.
The first international Earth Day took place 25 years ago on April 22, 1990, to focus the world’s attention on the state of our environment and to take stock of what we can do to preserve and protect it. This is a challenge that Resolute Forest Products has worked hard to embrace.
Reduce, reuse, recycle is taking on new meaning at our Kénogami paper mill these days as the mill puts into action a cradle-to-cradle system that focuses on turning one man’s trash into another’s treasure – that is taking a waste product and converting it into a valuable input for another operation or industry.
New program gets teens out of the city and into learning about sustainable forestry.
Most of the world’s populations are concentrated in urban areas. That means the rural world – where forestry happens – can be a bit of a mystery for many of us. Forestry Connects is a new program looking to change that. And since its start, two years ago, over 100 students and educators from southern Ontario have visited the managed forests of Algonquin Park.
Resolute has worked hard to establish ourselves as a leader in sustainable forestry and overall sustainability matters and we are pleased to have contributed to the industry’s current strong standing as one of the world’s most sustainable sources of paper, lumber, pulp and other forest products.
Last week we took an important step in our continuing effort to regain our Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifications. In case you’re new to the issue, the FSC is an organization that sets standards for how companies like ours work in and protect the forest, its wildlife and its people. Resolute has been, and remains today, a supporter of FSC certification standards, both in terms of sustainable forest management certification and chain of custody certification. In fact, we remain one of the largest holders of FSC certificates in North America. Resolute has also gone above and beyond complying with government approved harvest plans, regulations and recovery plans for species at risk, and we have third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to at least one of three internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards.
How Resolute surpassed its total GHG emissions reduction target two years ahead of schedule. And what’s next on the sustainability agenda.
When we joined WWF’s Climate Savers Program in 2011, we agreed to a series of commitments including an ambitious goal – to achieve a reduction in absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 65% below our 2000 levels. And we would do it by 2015.
For years now, some environmental activist groups have been pointing the finger at Resolute and the forest products industry as the main reason why woodland caribou populations are under stress in the Canadian boreal forest. However, a recent op-ed by Bob Hoffman, local President of the Unifor union in Thunder Bay, makes a strong argument that these critics are missing the point.
Four areas that stump consumers when it comes to sustainability.
Most of us think about the environmental impact of the things we buy. Is that dish soap phosphate free? Or is that paper made with recycled content? This information holds power and it affects our decisions to purchase one item over another.
UPDATE: Resolute’s Fairmont team has done it again! While you can read below what we posted in September — recognition by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce for community involvement — this amazing group has recently announced another exciting community engagement activity. The Fairmont mill is adding a school recycling program to their impressive repertoire of community work and will be purchasing recycled paper directly from local school boards.
Around the world, more and more people are thinking about the environment when they make purchasing decisions.
Wood buyers are no different. They’re increasingly looking at where the wood they buy comes from and the harvesting practices used by their suppliers before they make any decisions.
Could the world’s greatest climate change fighter be right in your backyard?
Some people are counting on high tech solutions and off-the-wall innovations to solve climate change – from wrapping Greenland in a blanket to filtering out some of the sun’s rays with a giant space sun shield. Researchers have even come up with machines that cost just $20,000 a piece that can pull carbon dioxide right out of the air.
Grades use up to 50% less fiber as well as less energy and fewer chemicals
Resolute continues to expand its Align™ brand of environmentally responsible and budget-friendly papers by adding two more superbrite grades, Hybrid and Alternative, to the Company’s existing offerings of Ecopaque, Equal Offset and Resolute Max.
Using e-media over paper is not as green as you might think
When an office wants to ‘go green,’ managers often talk about being paperless. But that reasoning may be flawed given the sustainable features of paper and the environmental impacts of switching to electronic communications, says Two Sides, an independent, non-profit organization Resolute recently joined that was created to promote the sustainability of print and paper.
More construction takes place in China than anywhere else in the world. But along with this growth, there’s also a growing awareness of the environmental impacts that can come with some types of building.
It’s easy to think of the environmental cost of newspaper and computer printouts because that’s paper in motion – it gets used and then recycled – but what about more permanent uses of paper? What about books?
The December decision to reduce newsprint capacity was a result of the ongoing weakness in the global newsprint business. But it was exacerbated by fiber-related issues. In Quebec, one of these related issues is the massive spruce budworm infestation. This is one of the most destructive insects to North American conifer stands and its spread has affected the Baie-Comeau mill’s remaining wood supply.
Exciting things are happening in sustainability reporting at Resolute Forest Products, and we wanted to share some of that great news. Our Corporate Sustainability Committee met recently to discuss our move to a new reporting strategy, updates to material issues and exciting developments to increase the accountability and transparency of Resolute’s sustainability reporting.
Resolute has launched an initiative we call the Boreal Forum in Ontario. What is it? It’s an online discussion forum designed to encourage open dialogue among all interested stakeholders in communities where Resolute has boreal forest operations. It’s our view that forest-dependent communities, including First Nations and local governments and stakeholders, must have a say in the industries that sustain them.
Resolute today announced that it has concluded the sale of most of the assets of its recycling collection division, AbiBow Recycling LLC, which includes the Paper Retriever and EcoRewards programs, to EWJ International, Inc., an affiliate of Jordan Trading, a company that has been involved in the paper recycling industry for many years.
Every year, during the 3rd week in September, Canada marks National Forest Week to celebrate how truly valuable our forests are to all Canadians and to the entire world. This year, National Forest Week runs from September 21 to 27, and is highlighted by National Tree Day, which falls on September 24.
“Green, innovative and open to the world”. That’s the vision Resolute Forest Products and our partners in the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) are challenging our industry to achieve in its Vision2020 challenge.
Canada’s Clean50 Organization and Delta Management Group has chosen Richard Garneau and the Resolute Team to join the prestigious Clean50 list for 2015 in the Manufacturing or Transportation Category.
Yesterday was a proud day in Calhoun, Tennessee, where we broke ground on a $105 million upgrade at our pulp and paper mill. What’s involved in an investment that big? Read our Q&A and find out!
Yes, you read correctly. Resolute has teamed up with local investors in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec to build “Les Serres Toundra”, a 35-hectare greenhouse complex on land adjacent to our Saint-Félicien pulp mill.
Yesterday, Éric Pelletier, a harvest supervisor working at our forestry operations near Baie-Comeau, Quebec noticed a large-sized bird on the ground near a forest road. The bird looked injured. He communicated with the Company office by radio right away and within minutes, government conservation agents had been notified. They then realized that the bird he’d found was a young female bald eagle who had suffered a broken wing. The bald eagle has been on Quebec’s vulnerable species list since 2003.
Access to fresh water is a crucial issue, and as a significant user of this precious resource, we’re always looking for ways to use it more efficiently. To find out more about how we use water, we talked to Dr. Martin Fairbank, a Senior Technical Advisor who has worked with Resolute since 1985.
Sustainability is one of our core values at Resolute, and our CEO himself, Richard Garneau, can often be heard discussing the importance of balancing the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic. Back in 2010, we made some important changes to our practical approach to sustainability. We set a number of ambitious targets in several different areas, and we began producing a GRI-compliant sustainability report to provide updates on those targets. But perhaps most importantly, we gathered a team of some of our best and brightest to tackle the responsibility of ensuring that we, as a company, respect our commitments.
For more than two years, Resolute has been defending itself against the false information spread by Greenpeace and recently has taken legal action. The misinformation shared by Greenpeace has harmed our Company and threatens the jobs of thousands of employees, as well as the social and economic well-being of many communities across Canada. This week, the Ontario Divisional Court ruled against Greenpeace, confirming that our full case has merit and will proceed through the judicial process.
In forestry, nothing goes to waste. As much as possible, we use every part of every tree we harvest – for example, one tree may provide lumber to build a house, wood chips for making paper, and bark and branches that can be turned into heat and energy.
Resolute employees have been hard at work over the last few years, rolling up their sleeves to improve our sustainability performance in a slew of different areas from forestry to safety to managing our carbon footprint. We’re really proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish so far. That’s why it feels great to be included as one of Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizens for 2014 – our efforts are being recognized, which reminds us of how far we’ve come and inspires us to keep improving. In their words, “the organizations named to the Best 50 each year by Corporate Knights represent the very best in corporate sustainability performance.”
In this fascinating TED Talk, Vancouver architect Michael Green lays out his case for why skyscrapers made of wood can simultaneously serve as carbon storage while housing the three billion people who will need shelter in the next 20 years.