Resolute Forest Products said they operate assets the best they can and make the most of what they have. By improving the energy efficiency of its facilities and switching to low-emission fuels, the company earns the right to be in the market – a key element of its long-term sustainability strategy.
At the end of 2021, Resolute committed to establishing a new greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target, in line with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi),3 building on their 85.6% reduction in scope 1 and 2 emissions at their pulp, paper and tissue mills since 2000, the equivalent of removing over 2 million cars from the road.
According to the company, their “science-based target will apply to all of our operations, as we delivered on our commitment to integrating our wood products facilities into our emissions inventory last year.”
Since 2015 the company has been taking energy-saving initiatives, for example, at the Thunder Bay (Ontario) pulp and paper mill, they invested in a C$29 million project, including $15 million to reduce the mill’s overall annual GHG emissions by more than 20%, or approximately 43,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents per year.
Meanwhile, at the Saint-Félicien (Quebec) pulp mill, Resolute implemented a C$61 million strategic investment plan, including $22 million to reduce GHG emissions by 20%, or approximately 35,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents per year. “We expect to complete the project in spring 2022, and have already achieved a reduction of 15,000 metric tons per year,” the company stated”.
At the Coosa Pines (Alabama) pulp mill, they modernized the cogeneration turbine for a 30% reduction in purchased electricity use between 2015 and 2020, reducing the mill’s scope 2 GHG emissions by approximately 30,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents.
The company also reduced the use of the auxiliary boiler fueled with bunker C oil, equivalent to a reduction of 1,600 metric tons of CO2 equivalents per year at the Dolbeau (Quebec) paper mill.
Finally, according to the company, at each Resolute facility, mill managers are responsible for implementing site-specific climate- and energy-related projects. They collaborate with project engineers, financial controllers and environmental coordinators in order to carry out their projects. Environment coordinators also ensure their facilities comply fully with environmental regulations, such as those related to GHG emissions.
“Resolute is constantly evaluating and improving our manufacturing processes by optimizing energy efficiency; decreasing our consumption of fuel, steam and electricity; reducing our carbon footprint through fuel switching; and focusing on renewable energy use,” said the company.