On August 15, 2018, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) held a ceremony to honor the employees of Resolute’s Grenada (Mississippi) newsprint mill for the Leadership Circle Award the mill won in late 2017. The Leadership Circle recognizes TVA customers who have taken meaningful steps to significantly reduce their carbon emissions and is reserved for companies that achieve the lowest carbon emission rates in a given year.
“Our business strategy is focused on transforming Resolute into a more sustainable organization,” said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer. “The efforts of our Grenada employees contribute directly to that strategy and also have a positive impact on the local community. Congratulations to all those who helped earn TVA’s recognition.”
“Our mill’s mission is to be a low-cost producer of quality newsprint in an environment that is safe, rewarding and focused on continuous improvement,” stated Rob Wise, general manager at Grenada. “TVA is a valued business partner. We are grateful for its recognition and for its support in helping us reach our carbon reduction goals.”
TVA launched a carbon accounting program in 2015 after Resolute and another industrial customer approached it seeking specific carbon emission data for use in operational planning and sustainability reporting. TVA now provides customers with specific, as-delivered carbon emission rates as a value-added service. Carbon emission reduction milestones are achieved when a company works with TVA to adjust the time of day it uses the most electricity.
“Being a good steward of the environment is a key part of TVA’s mission, and the creation of this awards program further exhibits TVA’s commitment to being a national leader in environmental stewardship. We also know how important the environment and sustainability are to our customers,” said Gary Harris, vice president of Industrial Marketing and Services at TVA. “Since we are now providing directly served customers with specific carbon emission rates, creating a program that recognizes their efforts seemed like a logical next step.”
Resolute’s Calhoun (Tennessee) pulp, paper and tissue mill was also a 2017 TVA Leadership Circle winner.
For details about Resolute’s carbon reduction efforts, visit the Carbon Footprint section of our website.