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Cascades Gains More Kudos for Biogas

November 19, 2009

Cascades was recognized by Pulp and Paper International (PPI) for its advanced use of bio-energy at the first edition of the PPI Awards. The biogas energy project was chosen within the global pulp and paper sector as the most innovative and viable use of local and renewable energy. Cascades' biogas initiative was also previously honoured by the PrintAction's own Environmental Printing Awards in 2007 and 2008.

Cascades, in partnership with Waste Management and Gaz Metro, captures the methane gas from landfills and transports it to the Rolland mill by an 8-mile pipeline. The biogas is then combusted to power the paper machines.

This project has been implemented as a strategic development for the company. “At a time when the Rolland mill was struggling for its survival, an employee came up with the great idea to use methane from landfill instead of natural gas," said Mario Plourde, President and COO of Cascades Specialty Products Group. "Its implementation provided us the ability to reduce and stabilize energy costs, while favouring local suppliers.”

Overall, the biogas project sustains the economical, environmental and social ideals of the company. Its use reduces green house gas emissions by 60,000 tons annually, the equivalent of removing 15,000 cars from the road. It also lessens energy costs and, according to Cascades, helps to secure more than 500 jobs.

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