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Cascades releases fine paper life cycle assessment

Assessment measures environmental impact of Cascades' fine papers


October 21, 2011
by Purchasing b2b staff

SAINT-JEROME, QC: Cascades has released the life cycle assessment (LCA) results of its fine papers. The company said the assessment is third-party validated and measures the environmental impact of Cascades’ fine papers in comparison to the North American industry average. According to the assessment, the company’s Rolland Enviro100 has the smallest environmental footprint, followed by Rolland Opaque50 which has a smaller footprint than the average for virgin and 100-percent recycled papers.

Cascades said the LCA shows Rolland Enviro100 and Rolland Opaque50 each have a  smaller impact—68 percent and 46 percent respectively—as compared to generic North American papers. According to Cascades, the results are mainly due to the types of energy used (biogas and hydroelectricity) as well as the use of recycled fibers. Generated from landfill waste decomposition, biogas is a local and renewable energy that serves 93 percent of the thermal energy needs for Cascades’ Rolland Mill.

“An LCA breaks through the confusion surrounding green certifications and claims and curbs greenwashing by providing comprehensive, quantifiable and rigorous results,” said Julie Loyer, communication and sustainable development specialist for Cascades Specialty Products Group.

The LCA assesses the environmental impacts of a product throughout its life cycle. For each component of the product under evaluation, its environmental impact is quantified and then aggregated to demonstrate potential damage to human health, ecosystems, non-renewable resources and climate change.