To protect the environment, we closely control and monitor emissions from the mill.
We are proud to be an industry leader with state-of-the-art environmental protection technology. Howe Sound Pulp and Paperís ongoing investment in environmental technology allows us to meet and better all current and foreseeable government discharge standards.
Air quality is monitored on an ongoing basis, and we report the results to the public and the Ministry of Environment. Since the Kyoto baseline year of 1990, Howe Sound has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by over 50%, more than eight times Canadaís target. According to a 2007 report released by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), we accomplished the largest reduction in greenhouse gases per tonne of production in the Canadian pulp and paper industry.
In addition, Howe Sound Pulp and Paper has reduced energy use per tonne of product by over 40% since 1990. The mill supplies 80% of its energy needs from an onsite power generation system. This system uses one barge per day of hog fuel (waste wood from the sawmill industry), a bio-fuel that would otherwise be disposed of in landfills.
The mill monitors its effluent discharges and carries out regular studies to determine the impact of its operation on the waters and sea life of Howe Sound. The most recent study compiled from data gathered in 2005 shows that Howe Soundís current waste-water discharge is having no measurable impact on water quality and fish in the Sound.
Our neighbours and customers can expect us to continue showing leadership and commitment to environmental stewardship.