Kruger launches 5-year program to shrink eco-footprint

Kruger Products' Sustainability 2015 program targets emissions, energy and water consumption, solid wastes using “innovative technologies.”

November 18, 2010   by PLANT STAFF

Kruger Products’ New Westminster, BC tissue mill.

Photo: Kruger Inc.

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.: Kruger Products has launched a five-year sustainability program that sets specific targets for improving its environmental performance using “innovative technologies.”

“With Sustainability 2015, Kruger Products intends to become the largest supplier of quality tissue products in North America whose formal commitment to sustainable development will be reflected in concrete actions … from procurement to product packaging,” said Mario Gosselin, chief operating officer at Kruger Products, in Mississauga, Ont.

The company is targeting fibres, packaging, water, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, transport and waste over the next five years to reduce its environmental footprint.

Each of these sectors has a specific goal: using fibres that come exclusively from certified sustainable sources or contain a high percentage of post-consumer recycled material; reducing the packaging of products by 5%; reducing water and energy consumption by 15% each; lowering general greenhouse gases plus those generated by its transport operations by 15% each; and diverting 20% of waste from landfill sites.

Kruger is also applying new renewable energy technology at its facilities. For example, state-of-the-art biomass gasification technology was introduced at its mill in New Westminster, BC to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Since it came on line 10 months ago, the biomass gasification system has already reduced emissions at the plant by 35%, which compares to planting two million trees or removing 3,500 vehicles from the roads,” said Frank van Biesen, vice-president, technology, for Kruger Products.

Kruger Products is a division of Kruger Inc., a producer of publication papers, tissue, lumber and other wood products, corrugated cartons from recycled fibres, green and renewable energy, and wines and spirits. It has facilities in Quebec, Ontario, BC, Newfoundland and Labrador and the US.

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