Resolute Forest Products Inc. has announced its commitment to reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (scope 1 and 2) by 30 per cent against 2015 levels by 2025. This new target builds on the company’s 83 per cent reduction in absolute GHG emissions from year-2000 levels, two-thirds of which reflect reductions in emission intensity. By achieving its target, the company will reduce its emissions by nearly 700,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents per year compared to its 2015 level.
Some recent projects on which the company is relying to achieve its commitment include: an efficiency enhancement at the Saint-Félicien (Quebec) pulp mill to improve production capacity and reduce fossil-fuel use by up to 20 per cent; a modernization of the cogeneration turbine at the Coosa Pines (Alabama) pulp mill to reduce purchased electricity use by 6 per cent; and the installation of a sophisticated heat recovery unit at the Thunder Bay (Ontario) pulp and paper mill to recover waste heat and, as a result, decrease the use of fossil fuels by over 20 per cent.
The company also announced commitments to: include the previously excluded wood products facilities’ GHG emissions in its GHG inventory by 2022; continue to report climate change data and management practices to CDP’s climate change program, including scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions; and further integrate sustainability practices in its supply chain by working with suppliers and related stakeholders to develop scope 3 GHG emission reduction commitments.