New Tool Shares Environmental and Social Impacts of Making Domtar Paper, Discloses Successes and Challenges
A new environmental tool from Domtar Corporation offers customers the ability to view the environmental impacts of specific paper grades, providing unmatched transparency among today's industry calculators.
The online tool that we call the "Paper Trail" discloses what it takes to manufacture Domtar paper and assists businesses and consumers to measure their impact on the environment while also providing guidance in their choice of product.
The Paper Trail (www.domtarpapertrail.com) develops personalized reports that measure Domtar products across five categories: water usage, the distance fiber travels to a paper mill, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, waste sent to landfills and renewable energy usage. The data is displayed in real-world equivalents, with comparisons to issues such as the amount of water the average household uses or the amount of waste it generates. The Paper Trail will also illustrate how Domtar compares to the rest of the industry in these particular categories.
"We know consumers are increasingly aware of their effect on the environment and want to know where their paper comes from. We think we have a good story to tell, and part of that story is being transparent," said Lewis Fix, Domtar Vice President of Sustainable Business and Brand Management.
"Other paper calculators often give only part of the story," Fix said. "They usually compare recycled and non-recycled grades and the differences in resources used, and they estimate savings based only on industry averages. The Paper Trail will show Domtar mill-specific data, and since no company is environmentally perfect, it indicates what we are doing well and what needs to be improved. We think it's crucial to share all the information, and then let the customers make their own decisions."
The Paper Trail is Domtar's most recent project indicating its leadership as a sustainable paper company and highlighting its environmentally preferable paper products, which have earned the support of well-known environmental organizations such the Rainforest Alliance.
Initially, the Paper Trail will measure the impact of two Domtar products: EarthChoice® Office Paper and Cougar®, both of which have been certified to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council" (FSC®), which is recognized by the Rainforest Alliance as the world's most comprehensive certification for responsible forest management. As part of the EarthChoice product line, they help form the broadest and most flexible collection of environmentally responsible papers available in the marketplace. More products and mills will likely be added to this new and exciting online tool in the future.
The Paper Trail will also provide users with a look at Domtar's mills - all of which are in North America - with additional information about each facility's environmental impact and the social and economic benefits the mills have in their communities. In areas where the environmental impact can be improved, Domtar will voluntarily disclose the information, as well as provide efforts for improvement.
"Transparency means sharing everything, not just the highlights, and just as we are committed to developing responsible products, we are committed to transparency," Fix said. "Realizing our paper comes from sustainable sources and is easily recycled, Domtar customers can see the differences and use our products with greater confidence."
Domtar Corporation is proud and honored to announce today that it has been selected as one of the Top Three of the 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada by Corporate Knights. Corporate Knights is an independent and top-ranked Canadian-based media company that publishes the world's largest circulation magazine that focuses on corporate responsibility. The 50 Best Corporate Citizens List, announced June 8th, is based on environmental, social and governance indicators found in the public domain, as well as an assessment of how these companies manage their carbon, energy, water usage and waste production.
"We are not just a paper company," said John D. Williams, President and CEO of Domtar Corporation, "We are The Sustainable Paper Company. We believe that our ongoing association with major, respected environmental organizations and our sincere efforts in the domain of sustainability were key factors for our inclusion among the Top Three Corporate Citizens in Canada. We look forward to continuing these award-winning efforts and we will continue to raise the bar as a leader when it comes to sustainability in the Pulp and Paper industry."
Domtar engages with many major, respected environmental organizations to promote sustainability and earth-conscious projects, such as the World Wildlife Fund and Rainforest Alliance. Our work with The Nature Conservancy on the Working Woodlands pilot project is helping small forestry owners develop sustainable forest management plans that are certified by the Forest Stewardship CouncilTM. Our award-winning Paper Because Campaign was launched this past year to reestablish paper as a sustainable, personal and purposeful resource. Domtar Corporation is the highest ranked Basic Materials Company in the list of the 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada.
May 11 Award Ceremony Honors Achievements in Sustainable Forestry,
Agriculture, and Tourism and Climate Change
Domtar Corporation Continuing its work with the Rainforest Alliance to help promote sustainability, Domtar announced today it will co-sponsor the Rainforest Alliance 2011 Annual Gala. The environmental group's 20th annual dinner and award ceremony May 11 in New York City will feature special guests Sigourney Weaver and Jane Alexander, and it will honor companies and individuals for their achievements in sustainable forestry, agriculture, tourism and climate change.
Proceeds from the gala will benefit the Rainforest Alliance's comprehensive conservation initiatives, helping ensure sustainable livelihoods and conserve biodiversity. The Rainforest Alliance pioneered the concept of responsible forestry certification in 1989, for instance, and has since certified more than 65.1 million hectares (160.8 million acres) in more than 74 countries to the rigorous standards of the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®). The goal: to meet comprehensive environmental, social and economic standards which curb deforestation, provide habitat for wildlife and protect the rights and well-being of workers, their families and their communities.
"This is an important event for recognizing companies for their demonstrated commitments to sustainability," said Tensie Whelan, president of the Rainforest Alliance. "We are delighted to have worked with Domtar for over a decade now. Domtar continues to raise the bar for the paper industry, setting an example to encourage environmental responsibility."
This marks the sixth year Domtar has sponsored the Gala, one of the ways Domtar has teamed with the Rainforest Alliance to encourage responsible paper production and fiber sourcing. With the help of the Rainforest Alliance, all of Domtar's more than 30 facilities have now been certified to FSC standards, and the FSC label and the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal have grown more visible on packages of Domtar paper. Nearly 20 percent of Domtar's paper products have been FSC certified while, across America, the FSC estimates that only 4 to 6 percent of paper products earn that distinction.
"We're proud to be at the forefront of the responsible production and use of forest products, and we're excited to help honor this year's Sustainable Standard-Setters," said Lewis Fix, Domtar Vice President of Sustainable Business and Brand Management. "We're looking forward to the Rainforest Alliance's 2011 Gala, and a chance to salute some of this year's remarkable achievements in sustainability."
Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) is the largest integrated manufacturer and marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America and the second largest in the world based on production capacity, and is also a manufacturer of papergrade, fluff and specialty pulp. TheCompany designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide range of business, commercial printing and publishing as well as converting and specialty papers including recognized brands such as Cougar®, Lynx® Opaque Ultra, Husky® Opaque Offset, First Choice® and DomtarEarthChoice® Office Paper, part of a family of environmentally and socially responsible papers. Domtar owns and operates ArivaTM, an extensive network of strategically located paper distribution facilities. The Company employs approximately 8,500people. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.
Domtar Corporation has announced that, no later than July 1, 2011, it will permanently shut down one of four paper machines at its Ashdown, Arkansas pulp and paper mill. This will reduce Domtar's annual uncoated freesheet paper production capacity by approximately 125,000 short tons. The mill's workforce will be reduced by approximately 110 employees.
"Domtar is committed to keeping a balance between its supply and its customer demand. Because secular demand decline in North America continues, we must permanently reduce our uncoated freesheet paper production capacity," said John D. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer of Domtar. "I want to thank affected employees for their efforts, and recognize all Domtar Ashdown mill employees for their hard work and continued focus on safety," added Mr. Williams.
Following the shutdown, the Ashdown mill will continue to operate three fiber lines, a pulp dryer and three paper machines, and employ approximately 940 people. The mill will have an annual production capacity of approximately 810,000 metric tons of pulp and approximately 780,000 short tons of paper.
The closure will result in an aggregate pre-tax charge to earnings of approximately $80 million, which includes an estimated $77 million in non-cash charges relating to the accelerated depreciation of the carrying amounts of manufacturing equipment and the write-off of related spare parts and $3million related to other costs. Of the estimated total pre-tax charge of approximately $80 million, $6million is expected to be recognized in the first quarter of 2011 and $74 million is expected to be incurred in the second quarter of 2011.
Domtar Corporation is pleased to announce that it has reached a settlement in its dispute with the City of Windsor regarding the tax evaluation of Domtar's Windsor mill.
The agreement between the two parties is based on application of the Court of Québec judgment regarding the 2006-2007-2008 roll. The judgment by the Administrative Tribunal of Québec ratifies the agreement between the parties, to wit, to apply to the Court of Québec judgment of September 27, 2010 to the 2009-2010-2011 roll.
In October 2010, Domtar informed the municipality that it wished to come to an agreement. "We are satisfied with the work done by the experts on both sides to apply the clauses in the judgment on the 2009-2010-2011 roll and pleased that the tribunal has ratified our agreement. We can now turn the page and continue our efforts to position the mill for the future," said Martin Lorrion, Vice-President, Operations - Domtar Region 1.
Following the settlement, Domtar withdrew its originating motion for judicial review before the Québec Superior Court for the 2006-2007-2008 roll.
Domtar Corporation is the largest integrated manufacturer and marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America and the second largest in the world based on production capacity, and is also a manufacturer of papergrade, fluff and specialty pulp.
The Company designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide range of business, commercial printing and publishing as well as converting and specialty papers including recognized brands such as Cougar(®), Lynx(®) Opaque Ultra, Husky(®) Opaque Offset, First Choice(®) and Domtar EarthChoice(®) Office Paper, part of a family of environmentally and socially responsible papers.
Domtar owns and operates Ariva(TM), an extensive network of strategically located paper distribution facilities. The Company employs approximately 8,500 people. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.
Domtar Corp. has announced an agreement with Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corporation for the sale of its Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, assets.
Paper Excellence will convert the former pulp and paper mill to the production of dissolving pulp, a product intended for the viscose textile market.
The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2011, but is contingent on a few conditions. Paper Excellence and the government of Saskatchewan must reach agreement on fibre allocation, the purchase of excess power, and the division of responsibilities between the government and the buyer for past environmental liabilities. Also, the buyer must negotiate a new collective agreement with the local labour union.
According to a statement from the government of Saskatchewan, Paper Excellence will be investing more than $200 million in the conversion of the mill and creating hundreds of construction jobs in addition to the projected 200 mill jobs. The conversion is expected to take between 18 and 24 months to complete.
The Prince Albert mill was permanently closed in the second quarter of 2006 and has not been operated since. Domtar acquired the assets in 2007 as part of a transaction with Weyerhaeuser Company. Domtar completed the dismantling of the mill's paper machine and converting equipment in 2008.
The pulp mill portion of the facility was built in 1966. At the time it was shut down in 2006 it had an annual capacity of 145,000 t/y of bleached softwood and hardwood kraft pulp.
Based in the Netherlands, Paper Excellence also owns Meadow Lake Mechanical Pulp (BCTMP) in Saskatchewan and two mills in B.C., Mackenzie Pulp Mill (kraft pulp) and Howe Sound Pulp & Paper (kraft, TMP and newsprint).
To help promote forest conservation and environmental responsibility, Staples will launch a new brand of paper supplied by Domtar Corporation marking the first time the office products company's brand of paper carries the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Seal.
The new Domtar EarthChoice Office Paper by Staples, available to Staples Advantage and Staples.com customers in the U.S., will be manufactured by Domtar, whose EarthChoice(R) products are the broadest and most flexible collection of environmentally responsible papers available in the marketplace. Since its launch, more than a million tons of EarthChoice papers have been sold, all of which have been certified to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC(R)) and are publicly supported by the Rainforest Alliance.
The Rainforest Alliance pioneered the concept of responsible forestry certification in 1989 and has since certified to FSC standards more than 65 million hectares (155 million acres) of forestland in 70 countries around the world. By encouraging better on-the-ground forestry practices, which benefit the environment and protect the rights and welfare of workers and their communities, the Rainforest Alliance helps meet the ever-increasing demand for responsibly harvested forest products.
"We are proud to expand our environmentally responsible portfolio to include paper that not only meets FSC standards but also is certified by the Rainforest Alliance," said Mark Buckley, Staples' Vice President of Sustainability. "We have a strong partnership with Domtar, and this is another example of how Domtar is helping Staples work toward our sustainability goals."
Domtar has previously earned the Staples Supplier Soul Award, which honors suppliers who help advance Staples' Soul by strengthening its four cornerstones - community, diversity, ethics and the environment. Part of the recognition stems from Domtar's environmental policies, its commitment to minimizing its environmental footprint, its responsible sourcing of fiber, and its work to promote credible forest certification.
"We work hard to keep the forests as forests," said Lewis Fix, Domtar's Vice-President of Brand Management and Sustainable Product Development. "Well-managed forests provide renewable resources, respect biodiversity and bring a wealth of socio-economic benefits to neighboring communities, including the potential for employment and recreational activities. Third-party certification is the best way to ensure that sound forest management practices are implemented and that all environmental and social aspects of forest use are considered."
"We are thrilled to continue our work with Staples and Domtar," said Tensie Whelan, President of the Rainforest Alliance. "Their commitments to FSC certification have helped the Rainforest Alliance work to ensure that thousands of acres of forests are responsibly managed. We're happy to see another product added to the EarthChoice line, making FSC certified paper more readily available to consumers."
Domtar EarthChoice Office Paper by Staples is a 20 lb., 92 brightness paper, ideal for everyday printing on inkjet and laser printers, and will feature ColorLok(R) Technology. HP's ColorLok Technology provides for a better printing surface, delivering more vivid colors, bolder blacks and faster drying times when printing on inkjet printers, consistent imaging and a longer printer life for laser printers1.
The leading provider of high-quality paper, packaging and graphic arts supplies today announced the launch of its new identity: Ariva. Formerly Domtar Distribution Group, the rebranding under the name Ariva marks the beginning of a new era in the company's development as a leading provider of best-in-class solutions for the 21st century.
The Ariva name and brand replaces all of the company's legacy brands: RIS the paper house in the U.S. and Buntin Reid, JBR La Maison du Papier, and The Paper House in Canada.
The company's new tagline—Paper to pixels. The way forward.—conveys Ariva's commitment to innovating new ideas and solutions to meet the evolving needs of customers in the digital age.
"Our customers' businesses and needs are changing in ways no one could imagine a decade ago," said Mark Ushpol, Senior Vice-President of Ariva. "Our new identity reflects our recognition of these fundamental changes and our commitment to work as a unified team to deliver new products and solutions to give our customers a competitive edge. No matter where the future leads, Ariva will be there with innovative solutions to help our customers communicate, collaborate and compete more effectively."
Ushpol said the Ariva brand provides a strong, unified identity for the company in all of the markets where it operates, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Latin America. "Ariva is focused on new opportunities and partnerships globally, while building on the proud legacy of our predecessor companies," he added. "Our core values have not changed - we remain committed to excellence, to serving customers with professionalism and integrity in forging long-term relationships."
Ariva, a business of Domtar Corporation (NYSE/TSX: UFS), is a leading provider of products and solutions that help organizations communicate and collaborate more effectively. Ariva builds on its rich heritage as one of North America's premier sources for high-quality paper, packaging, and graphics supplies. Ariva is a leader in sustainable paper solutions, with FSC(R), SFI and PEFC Chain of Custody Certification. The company has 24 locations throughout North America. To learn more, visit www.arivanow.com.
Domtar Corporation (NYSE/TSX:UFS) is the largest integrated manufacturer and marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America and the second largest in the world based on production capacity, and is also a manufacturer of papergrade, fluff and specialty pulp. TheCompany designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide range of business, commercial printing and publishing as well as converting and specialty papers including recognized brands such as Cougar(R), Lynx(R) Opaque Ultra, Husky(R) Opaque Offset, First Choice(R) and DomtarEarthChoice(R) Office Paper, part of a family of environmentally and socially responsible papers. Domtar owns and operates ArivaTM, an extensive network of strategically located paper distribution facilities. The Company employs approximately 8,500people. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.
Domtar Corporation celebrated the start-up of its newly installed 50 megawatt bio-fueled steam turbine generator at its Marlboro (Bennettsville) mill in South Carolina today. Domtar invested approximately $40 million in 2010 to complete this project. Now fully operational, the new turbine has made the mill more energy efficient.
Domtar has entered into a 15-year agreement with Santee Cooper, South Carolina's state-owned electric company, for the purchase of up to 50 megawatts of green power. The renewable energy generated by the turbine would be enough to power roughly 31,000 South Carolina homes.
Domtar would like to recognize the State of South Carolina for the significant role it has played in the success of this project. To celebrate the start-up, Domtar organized a "breaker-throw" event at the mill this morning, which included the participation of several State dignitaries as well as Domtar executives.
Domtar has been long committed to sustainable business practices and has implemented energy efficiency programs at all of its facilities to help reduce the impact of its operations on the environment. Since 2002, Domtar's increased reliance on lower-emitting biomass as a fuel source has resulted in a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions intensity. Domtar's self-generation of electricity is at approximately 67%, which represents a 26% increase since 2002. Domtar's use of renewable energy stands at approximately 74% of total energy use, which represents an 18% increase since 2002
Corporation is the largest integrated manufacturer and marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North
America and the second largest in the world based on production capacity, and is also a manufacturer of papergrade, fluff and specialty pulp.
The Company designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide range of
business, commercial printing and publishing as well as converting and
specialty papers including recognized brands such as Cougar®, Lynx® Opaque Ultra, Husky® Opaque Offset, First Choice® and Domtar EarthChoice® Office Paper, part of a family of environmentally and socially responsible papers.
Domtar owns and operates Domtar Distribution Group, an extensive network of strategically located paper distribution facilities. The Company employs approximately 8,500 people. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.
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Domtar Corporation has announced that it has extended the use of HP's patented ColorLok® Technology to all of its Domtar branded business papers to provide a higher quality printing experience compared to papers that do not have ColorLok Technology. This technology will now be more widely available to customers, allowing them to keep pace with advancements in printing technology found in digital printing systems.
"We are pleased to extend ColorLok Technology, a performance-based standard, to all Domtar branded business papers, and in so doing, providing our customers with high-quality, environmentally responsible paper products, in both virgin and recycled content options," said Karin Flemming, Domtar Marketing Manager, Business Papers.
Domtar first agreed to support the performance standards of ColorLok in early 2008 by incorporating the technology into its First Choice® line of business papers, a premium quality product with 98 brightness, and soon after with its Imageprint® brand multiuse papers. Now Domtar Copy®, Domtar EarthChoice® Office Paper, Husky® Copy and Recycled Husky® Copy, will be available with ColorLok Technology, providing customers with a 92 brightness alternative in both virgin and recycled content options.
Paper that uses the ColorLok logo must pass a precise set of standards for print quality, as well as physical and electrostatic standards for quality and reliability. Criteria for meeting the ColorLok performance standard includes improved image quality, dry time and consistency for printer performance. For inkjet printers, the benefits of ColorLok include bolder, sharper images and faster drying times. Benefits for laser printers include reliable printing, consistent imaging and an extended printer life1. More information about the ColorLok Paper Standard is available at www.colorlok.com.
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