Environmental

Hemlock Printers continues to build its standing as one of North America’s most environmentally progressive printing operations as the Burnaby, BC, company became Canada’s first printer to partner with Green-e certification.

The Green-e initiative is another way in which Hemlock is reducing its operational carbon footprint, which the company reports to have decreased by 24 percent since 2008.


Developed by the Center for Resource Solutions, Green-e is described as an independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. The certification is recognized as an independent and international verification program.

By purchasing renewable-energy credits for electricity used, Hemlock is contributing to the development of recently built North American energy facilities and renewable energy projects in both Canada and the United States.

Through its new certification, Hemlock is also participating in the Green-e Marketplace re:print, a program that grants use of the Green-e logo on materials sourced from paper and printers that use renewable energy – for both printer and client. Green-e Marketplace certifies such printers and paper lines involved with solar, wind, and biomass energy, among other sources.

The Green-e certification was largely driven by Hemlock’s earlier partnership with Climate Smart, which is a Vancouver-based social enterprise that helps small and medium business measure and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Climate Smart, currently has over 550 businesses as alumni in the program.

In terms of reducing its carbon footprint, Hemlock is also involved with FortisBC, which provides credits for renewable natural gas, based on methane gas generated from organic waste found at local farms and landfills in BC. Hemlock also works closely with Offsetters, Canopy, and the Forestry Stewardship Council.




Sprint Nextel, at the recent Sustainable Brands Conference in San Diego, unveiled environmentally progressive plans to produce customer invoicing and direct mail with an inventive two-in-one reusable envelope. The company also announced an aggressive new Paper & Print Procurement Policy to support sustainable forest management.

With assistance from Vancouver’s Canopy, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the corporate implementation of progressive paper policies, Sprint set a goal to increase its use of recycled content to 25 percent by 2017, while also supporting the development of alternative paper-fibre sources, such as residue from agricultural crops, and reduce its use of paper with toxic chlorine bleaching.



One of Sprint’s more aggressive environmental goals is to have at least 50 percent of its print suppliers comply with its environmental and social criteria by the end 2012, and at least 90 percent to comply by year-end 2017. Sprint’s new paper policy also includes commitments to pursue supplier assessments with Canopy using chain-of-custody forms to ensure its paper products do not come from endangered forests and other controversial sources.

“Sprint is already well-known as an environmental leader among the Fortune 100, and recent updates to their Paper & Print Procurement Policy further distinguishes the company from its competitors in this area,” said Amanda Carr, Campaigns Director, Canopy. “And today they have acted on that policy with this major step in reducing their paper use.”

Sprint’s new commitment to the two-in-one ecoEnvelope, developed by a women-owned company in Minnesota, allows customers to receive and remit payment using the same envelope. In just over a year, Sprint estimates the new envelope format will save close to a half million dollars in operational costs and – using the Environmental Paper Network Paper Calculator – the equivalent of 447 tons of paper, 1,669 tons of wood (11,565 trees), 9,931,834 gallons of water (15 Olympic-sized swimming pools), 859,047 pounds of solid waste (31 loaded garbage trucks), and 2,692,185 pounds of CO2e (244 cars off the road per year).

“Sprint is the first wireless carrier and only one of a few select retailers to offer the ecoEnvelope to their customers,” said Scott Rice, VP of Sprint’s Care and Billing Services. “While more than 30 percent of Sprint accounts currently use a paperless billing option, many customers prefer to receive a paper invoice. The new bill format not only gives our customers a convenient method to remit payment but it will reduce paper waste, conserve natural resources, and lower paper consumption for Sprint.”
 
Last year, Sprint’s environmental paper policies were recognized by Forest Ethics, which awarded the company an “A” on its 2011 report card – making Sprint the only Fortune 500 company to receive such a high grade. Newsweek magazine ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings of companies in the United States.




Two weeks after announcing it will immediately suspend natural forest clearance on its own plantations in Indonesia, Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) today released its Sustainability Roadmap for 2020.



In late-May, APP announced it would base future environmental polices on the High Conservation Value (HCV) forest approach, which is a resource network that provides information and guidelines to identity “critical conservation values” for responsible land management of forests and other ecosystems.

“APP’s road-map reflects upon a paradigm of the way that Indonesian companies are shaping up for the challenges and opportunities of the next decade,” said Gita Wirjawan, Indonesia’s Minister for Trade. “The strategy is about how to become a global industry leader, and doing so in a sustainable way. This will be achieved through innovation, investment and internal transformation. APP’s Sustainability Roadmap will provide a blueprint for the group, as it seeks to become the number one pulp-and-paper company in the world before 2020.”

The release of the new Sustainability Roadmap extends APP’s environmental commitments in relation to its announcement from two weeks ago. Highlights of the new APP Sustainability Roadmap include:


• By 2015, APP will have the capacity to be wholly reliant on raw materials from plantations;

• By 2015, all current APP suppliers will operate by the standards of High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF);

• By 2020, all current APP suppliers will have credible certification for Sustainable Forest Management; and

• APP will introduce carbon measurement and evaluation for its plantations – above and below ground.




AGI-Shorewood, one of the largest specialty-packaging manufacturers on the globe, announced that its Toronto site is the first packaging facility worldwide to earn PANTONE Certified Printer status – a designation introduced in May 2011 to help printers meet Pantone’s stringent colour standards.



While several commercial printing companies have earned Pantone’s certification status, none have been packaging manufacturers or board converters. “We couldn’t be prouder of the fact that AGI-Shorewood is the first in the world of packaging and converting to earn PANTONE Certified Printer status,” said Greg Chup, Manager of Innovation and New Product Development at AGI-Shorewood. “We have the unique ability among our peers to directly influence the sale at the point of purchase in a retail environment.”

According to Chup, AGI-Shorewood plans to implement the program in all of its lithographic facilities worldwide. Its Mexico operations in Aguascalientes, for which AGI-Shorewood recently acquired sole interest, is on the table next, followed by its plants in Indianapolis, Ind., and Hendersonville, N.C.

AGI-Shorewood U.S. and AGI-Shorewood International collectively employ nearly 4,000 people worldwide, operating 22 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America and 10 creative services offices in the U.S., U.K., France, China and Australia.


“Major brands invest millions on consumer research to ensure their packaging design has maximum impact, and they suffer at retail when there are visual differences at the point of purchase,” said Chup. “We’ve been working closely with Pantone over the last two years to create a solution that helps ensure packaging looks identical product to product whether they’re sitting next to each other on the shelf or they’re across the globe from one another.”

Pantone LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite Inc., which has been operating in the world of colour imaging for almost 50 years. “We are really delighted to have AGI-Shorewood participate in PANTONE Certification,” said Matthew McDowell, Pantone’s National Sales Manager. “Their strong global presence, high-end customer brands and broad product portfolio make AGI-Shorewood an ideal first partner in this category.”


Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) of Jakarta, Indonesia, announced a series of new environmental policies based on the High Conservation Value (HCV) Forest approach, as well as its own commitments to a program called Seven Principles of Natural Forest Protection. The HCV policies are primarily being applied to APP’s interests in Indonesia.


According to hcvnetwork.org, the HCV Resource Network is made up of people and organizations that use the High Conservation Value approach to maintain and enhance critical social and environmental values of forests and other ecosystems through responsible land management.

APP announced it would immediately implement its new HCVF policies within two key frameworks:


1. With respect to APP owned concessions in Indonesia: 



Effective from June 1, 2012, APP will suspend natural forest clearance while HCVF assessments are conducted; APP has engaged experts to conduct HCVF assessments, in accordance with HCV Resource Network best practice; and APP will protect all identified HCVF areas as a result of the HCVF assessments.

2. With respect to APP’s independent pulpwood suppliers in Indonesia:



APP expects independent suppliers to comply with its request for HCVF assessments by 31 December 2014; APP will engage with its independent suppliers to adopt HCVF assessments; and APP will review and reevaluate supply agreements where HCVF assessments are not conducted.

“Effective immediately, we are embarking on a bold program to ensure we can offer our customers products with the highest environmental and social integrity, and to ensure delivery of a shared vision for the global community,” said Aida Greenbury, APP’s Managing Director of Sustainability. “We are taking account of critical issues raised in our dialogue with NGOs.”

“We are confident in our ability to embed these policies in our business, but we also acknowledge that success will require the engagement of many stakeholders,” said Robin Mailoa, CEO of Sinar Mas Forestry. “High Conservation Value Forest Management is a protocol that stretches beyond our own concessions and needs to be embraced and supported by members of local communities, government, civil societies and by everyone that touches the pulpwood production process.”


The Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) is the recipient of the 2012 Ontario Green Chemistry and Engineering Award, presented annually to one organization by the Chemical Institute of Canada.

According to the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC), the award, sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Environment, recognizes a provincial organization that has made significant contributions to the field of green chemistry and engineering, including the technical, economic, human health and environmental benefits.
 
“Green chemistry and engineering is now a critical part of our materials design process,” said Paul Smith, Vice President, XRCC. “Our goal is to fully incorporate it in our everyday designs and processes so we can continue to deliver value to our customers through more sustainable and environmentally responsible materials. As chemists and engineers, we have great potential to impact the world in a positive way – this is something we take very seriously at XRCC.”
 
XRCC was established in 1974 as an exploratory materials research centre for Xerox Corporation. In the early 1980s, the centre moved to its current site in the Sheridan Science and Technology Park of Mississauga, Ontario, to focus on developing unique imaging and marking materials for Xerox products. 



The 120,000-square-foot complex is now recognized as the global materials research centre for Xerox. All Xerox printers on the market today contain at least one technology developed at XRCC. Since 1979, XRCC researchers have received more than 1,500 U.S. patents.


Saint-Jerome, Quebec-based Cascades Fine Papers was named the top among the companies surveyed for use of post-consumer fibre as well as FSC certified virgin fibre in a study by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

The company scored an impressive 89 percent out of a total 100 percent achievable score when it came to sourcing fibres responsibly, leading the next highest company, Arjowiggins Graphic, by four percent. Cascades also placed second in sourcing responsible fibres for packaging use. 19 companies voluntarily allowed the WWF to conduct an in-depth analysis.

"WWF's Environmental Paper Company Index shows the significant and positive progress that the pulp and paper industry has made. Manufacturers are opening their doors not only to independent measurement of their environmental impact, but also to published comparisons of their performance," says Julie Loyer, Communication and Sustainable Development Advisor for Cascades Specialty Products Group. "This is very encouraging for a manufacturer like Cascades that has strived for many years to continuously reduce its environmental footprint."

The following companies were invited to take part, but declined:

Amcor, CMPC, DS Smithz, Hansol Paper, Holmen, IlimPulp, Klabin, Lee&Man, Mayr-Melnhof Karton, Nine Dragons, Papierfabrik Palm, Prinzhorn Holding, SmurfitKappa, APP, Hansol Paper, Lecta Europe, Lenzing, Norske Skog, Portucel Soporcel, Sappi, Shandong Chenming, Georgia Pacific, Lucart Group, Sharma, SHP Group, WEPA 
 
To see the full results, click here

Canopy released a new report, called Above the Fold: Environmental Leadership in the Newspaper Sector 2011, profiling North America’s top newspapers and newspaper publishers for forest conservation.


Headquartered in Vancouver, Canopy is a not-for-profit organization focused on helping companies develop environmentally progressive practices in the printing and publishing industries.

Canopy describes the profiled newspapers and publishers, including the likes of The New York Times, Hearst, McClatchy and The Globe and Mail, as organizations that have incorporated elements of sustainability into their operations, business models and brands. Above the Fold also includes a few examples of worldwide environmental leaders like the Times of India and The Guardian.

The report acknowledges key issues like paper procurement policy development and implementation, production efficiencies, and engaging suppliers to support forest conservation.


“This report recognizes newspapers who are showing their competitors the green way forward,” said Tara Sawatsky of Canopy. “These publishers understand that sustainability is more than a social responsibility; it is a business priority and offers a competitive advantage.”


The report is being distributed by Canopy to 50 top advertisers in North America. A printed copy of the report (on 100 percent recycled newsprint) is available from Canopy, while the full Above the Fold report can be downloaded from its Website.


”Newspapers remain the largest paper consumer of any publishing sector, and as a result contribute heavily to the tremendous pressures on our forests and climate,” said Shannon Binns, Green Press Initiative. “We are hopeful that profiling leaders will shine a light on the opportunities for continued progress.”


Environmental paper promoter Canopy, formerly Markets Initiative, announced its inaugural Ancient Forest Friendly Awards recently. The awards are aimed at recognizing companies which took meaningful action in protecting the world's forests through the use of eco-conscious paper choices.

“Whether it’s magazine stand favourite Cottage Life or media‐print titan, Transcontinental, this year’s Ancient Forest Friendly Award winners are showing their competitors, customers, and advertisers what real leadership looks like,” says Nicole Rycroft, Executive Director, Canopy. “Everyone can make an important contribution to the health of our planet and we hope those who didn’t make this year’s list will be inspired to strengthen their performance in time for next year’s awards.”

In the category Ancient Forest Friendly Gold, awarded to companies and publications for use of Ancient Forest Friendly paper, the 2011 winners are: 1984 Printing; Cottage Life magazine; ecojot; Éditions de Villers; iGiveCards Inc.; Mountain Equipment Co‐op catalogues; MultiMondes; Saul Good Gift Co.; Quill & Quire; and Watershed Sentinel.

In the category Conservation Supporters, awarded for advancing the protection of the world’s remaining intact and endangered forests through landmark conservation initiatives such as the Boreal Forest Agreement and Great Bear Rainforest Agreement, the 2011 winners are: Scholastic Canada and Transcontinental.

Award recipients will be honoured in Toronto this Thursday. To attend the awards ceremony, please contact Neva Murtha for more information.


Lloyd Bryant, VP of HP Canada’s Imaging & Printing Group & Environmental Programs, has been named to the Clean16 program, Delta Management's environmentally focused listing of clean capitalism, for 2012.



The program honours “outstanding contributors” to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada. Antony Marcil, former President and CEO of Forest Stewardship Council Canada (FSC), was also named to the Clean16. Both Marcil and Bryant were selected from over 300 candidates.

Marcil is recognized for generating a significant uptake of FSC-certified paper and printed products by the Canadian corporate and government markets. According to Delta Management, the number of Canadian FSC-certified sawmills increased by 746 percent and the number of manufacturers by 400 percent. FSC-certified forests in Canada have grown from 4.7 million to over 40 million hectares.

Bryant is primarily being recognized for his work in “extended producer responsibility” and HP Canada’s Green Advocates initiative. This is an employee engagement program that is now adopted by various HP operations around the world. He also co-founded an industry association, Electronics Products Stewardship Canada (EPSC), that promotes economic and environmental efficiency, as well as high standards in consumer electronics and IT industry end-of-life recycling programs in Canada. He is currently the Chair of the EPSC, which, to date, has helped manage 140,603 tonnes of end-of-life electronics through its standards and audit check process.

Bryant has also been listed as one of Canada’s 2012 Clean50. This is a collection of 50 individuals or small teams who have made the greatest impact on Canada’s long-term sustainability, whereas the Clean16 are the top leaders within specific industry categories. Both listings are based on research by Delta Management, Corporate Knights, and other business experts.

“I am honoured to have been selected as one of Canada’s 2012 Clean16,” said Bryant. “Sustainable development and environmental responsibility are important to me personally and a core part of how we operate at HP, where we believe that our investment in environmental programs and partnerships helps pave the way towards a more sustainable future.”




Cascades Fine Papers Group last week inaugurated its $3.7 million investment in new deinking equipment at the Breakey Fibres mill.

Since 1985, the Breakey Fibres mill has specialized in the manufacture of recycled deinked kraft pulp, mainly used in the production of Cascades’ fine papers, such as the Rolland Enviro100 family of products. The new deinking investment is also recognized as an initiative to help protect jobs amid the continued struggles of paper manufacturers in North America.  


“This investment shows our commitment to maintaining our competitive edge in a down economy and challenging market situation. We believe that innovation is the key to our company’s growth,” said Alain Lemaire, President and CEO of the parent company, Cascades.


Started in 2010, this deinking initiative required the purchase of several types of equipment, including a flotation cell, washers/thickeners, a disperser, and a clarifier. The project also involved the expansion of the building located in Breakeyville, Quebec. As a result of this investment, according to Cascades, pulp quality has greatly improved with visible dirt and glue residue each decreasing by 50 percent, while the whiteness has slightly increased.



“We consider this to be a very significant benefit, especially as the quality of raw materials – waste paper to be recycled – is declining more and more. We believe this investment will allow us to remain competitive in continuing to offer high-quality recycled products,” said Luc Langevin, President and CEO of Cascades Specialty Products Group.


The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership celebrated its third anniversary this week and has marked the milestone with a redesigned website. 

"The first three years have definitely been a roller coaster ride," states Marci Kinter, Chair of the SGP Board of Directors. "We have been busy, and plans are underway to announce more certified printers, as well as new programs to benefit the sustainable printing community."

SGP claims to be the only whole-facility sustainability certification program for the graphic communications industry. It believes in a triple bottom line: "people, product, and planet."

The new website will allow printers easy access to information about the program and to profiles of companies certified by SGP. The organization recently certified its 35th printer. 

The organization has also launched a new series of videos on sustainability in print. The series highlights key elements of the SGP certification process and features interviews with industry leaders from across North America. The first video has been posted to the site; the remaining nine videos will be posted in a weekly series.

The SGP website is at www.sgppartnership.org.


Vancouver-based Canopy, a non-profit organization that works primarily with the book, newspaper, magazine and print industries to phase out the use of endangered forests and toxic bleaches in paper-making, has launched a new awards program under its long-standing Ancient Forest Friendly brand.

According to Canopy: “In a time when stamps of approval are awarded for meager efforts and unsubstantiated environmental gain, an Ancient Forest Friendly award from Canopy is a true mark of integrity and sets the gold standard for meaningful action when it comes to paper purchasing and forest conservation.”

Companies can apply for the Ancient Forest Friendly awards by completing a survey to measure their environmental policy implementation.

Award categories include Ancient Forest Friendly Gold, Ancient Forest Friendly Silver, “Most Improved” and “Conservation Supporter.”



Amherst, Nova Scotia-based PolyCello becomes the first printing operation in Canada to earn certification from the environmentally focused Sustainable Green Printing Partnership.




Family-owned since 1956, PolyCello is one of Canada’s largest packaging operations, running 12 flexographic presses and employing 350 people between its Amherst, Nova Scotia, and Belleville, Ontario facilities – together accounting for approximately 212,000 square feet.

The company was started by PG Emmerson in 1956, with six employees and one printing press. PolyCello is now lead by a third generation of the family, Stephen Emmerson, President and CEO, who guided the company to be named as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies in 2008 and 2009.

In 2000, PolyCello began to focus on its environmental controls implementation. “Our team meets regularly to determine methodologies for dealing with waste products and to curb emissions,” said Frank Wilson, EH&S Coordinator. “We continually assess every aspect of our operations to identify opportunities to further reduce our environmental footprint.”

The company currently provides two primary environmentally progressive forms of packaging under its MicroPack Steamable and recyclable SmartPack brands. According to the company, SmartPack packaging replaces millions of landfill-bound laminated products, and a wide range of full-featured, multi-web stand up packages. The company also uses VOC-free lamination and an in-line electron beam-cured, solvent-less coating process.

  



Domtar, Cascades, Catalyst, Transcontinental and Tembec have been named among the Top 50 Corporate Citizens by Corporate Knights magazine in its 10th annual ranking. Corporate Knights recognizes "clean capitalism" in Canada.

The Co-operators Group took the top position, followed by retailer Mountain Equipment Co-op. The forestry and paper products sector had a strong showing, with Domtar named third on the list while Cascades, Catalyst, Canfor and Tembec took seventh, 13th, 20th and 47th respectively. Media conglomerate Transcontinental holds the 24th spot in the 2011 ranking.

The methodology for the Best 50 Corporate Citizens is based on environmental, social, and governance indicators found in the public domain. Scores were based on hard financial data in those areas, including information such as the ration between the highest-paid executive compared to the lowest-paid employee; percentage of women, Aboriginal, and visible minorities in its Boards of Directors; carbon productivity and more.

"Ten years ago, Corporate Knights ventured forth into the realm of corporate rankings — not the usual league of tables comparing revenues and profits, but the murkier space deep in the woods," writes Corporate Knights Editor Toby Heaps. "This shaded area of corporate eco-social performance will answer civilization’s big question: Can we find a way to reconcile our capitalist system on this hot and crowded planet or does an age of Mad Max proportions await?"

The full ranking list can be found here
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