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Forest product industry applauds government forest policy

Group says policy has improved air quality, lowered fossil fuel consumption and reduced greenhouse gas emissions


OTTAWA—The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has praised the Government of Canada for its $1-billion Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP) and for its commitment to transforming the forest products sector.

The Report on Results on this phase of the government’s ongoing strategic support for the industry has just been released. According to FPAC, the document shows the 98 projects that received funds from PPGTP supported 14,000 jobs, improved air quality, lowered fossil fuel consumption and reduced greenhouse gas emissions with some mills adding sufficient renewable electrical capacity to export green power to the grid. About two-thirds of the funding went to member companies of FPAC.

“The investments from this program truly improved the environmental performance of Canada’s pulp and paper sector and had extraordinary social and economic benefits for forest communities as well,” said David Lindsay, president and CEO of FPAC.

The program was aimed at helping pulp and paper mills that agreed to use targeted capital investments to support Canadian jobs and improve environmental performance and green technologies.