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Kruger Products wins CIPEC Leadership Award

Nov. 30, 2011, Mississauga, ON - Kruger Products L.P. was recognized for its environmental leadership and energy conservation achievements through the 2011 Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) Leadership Awards.


November 30, 2011
By David Manly

Nov. 30, 2011, Mississauga, ON – Kruger Products L.P., Canada’s
leading manufacturer of quality tissue products, was recognized for its
environmental leadership and energy conservation achievements through
the 2011 Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC)
Leadership Awards.

The Company earned this distinction for its
innovative biomass gasification system in its New Westminster, BC tissue
facility. This state-of-the-art technology is the first of
its kind in Canada and in the entire pulp and paper industry.  The
award was presented by Natural Resources Canada as part of the Energy
2011 Lean and Green Future conference on November 29, 2011.

“Since coming online nearly two years ago, the biomass gasification system has
already reduced emissions at the plant by 36%, which is equivalent to
planting two million trees or removing 3,500 vehicles from the roads,”
said Frank van Biesen, Vice President, Technology, for Kruger Products.
“This technology is making real improvements and moving us toward our
sustainable development goals.”  The key to this technology is
converting locally sourced wood waste that is otherwise destined for
landfill into clean-burning “syngas” that replaces natural gas in the
steam-generating boilers.

“The CIPEC Leadership Awards demonstrate the outstanding achievements of
companies that have distinguished themselves in their work to improve
energy efficiency,” said David Anderson, Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister of Natural Resources.  “I congratulate Kruger Products on this
award and for their leadership in advancing clean energy technologies.”

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Kruger Products is being recognized in the category of Process and Technology
Improvements for its achievements as a Canadian company making great
strides to contribute to a cleaner environment for everyone. The Office
of Energy Efficiency (OEE) began the Leadership Awards in 2005.
Submissions are evaluated in one of five award categories against a
clear set of criteria, including the project’s improved energy
intensity, potential for broader use, contribution to the environment,
innovation, other benefits and the quality of the submission. Each
category has two winners.

As part of its Sustainability 2015 initiative, Kruger Products has
introduced projects to improve technologies at its various facilities to
integrate renewable energy sources into its operations and reduce its
overall energy consumption. “We have a variety of these projects across
our operations,” said Steven Sage, Corporate Director of Sustainability
and Innovation. “We are focused on making the right choices and strive
to ensure that our actions translate into meaningful savings and help
protect the environment.” Through Sustainability 2015, Kruger Products
is committed to, among other things, reducing its energy consumption and
greenhouse gas emissions, each by 15%. The biomass gasification
technology brought the Company one giant step closer to achieving these
targets. 


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