Resolute Forest Products has just been named a Mercuriades 2017 finalist in the Occupational Health and Safety and Sustainability Strategy categories.
Quebec’s largest greenhouse complex with year-round production is now officially inaugurated.
Resolute and Toundra Greenhouse leadership, accompanied by the Premier of Quebec, government officials and local business partners, today officially inaugurated the greenhouse complex destined to become the largest in Quebec.
Located on land adjacent to Resolute’s Saint-Félicien pulp mill, Toundra Greenhouse is a cucumber-growing complex in which Resolute owns a 49% joint-venture interest. Upon completion, the C$100 million, four-phase project will cover 4 million square feet (35 hectares) and create over 500 jobs. The complex already covers about 1 million square feet (8.5 hectares), employs 100 workers and has an annual production capacity of over 45 million Lebanese and English cucumbers.
“What’s unique about this greenhouse is that it covers 25% of its heating needs by using heat waste from our Saint-Félicien mill. At full capacity, Toundra Greenhouse will be able to lower its heating costs, while we will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions at a rate equivalent to taking over 2,000 vehicles off the road per year,” said Resolute President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Garneau.
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.
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.