Kruger wins environmental award

Company receives national award for technology using renewable energy source

December 5, 2011
by Purchasing b2b staff

MISSISSAUGA: Tissue products manufacturer Kruger Products has been recognized for environmental leadership and energy conservation through the 2011 Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) Leadership Awards. The company received the award for its innovative biomass gasification system in its New Westminster, BC tissue facility. Kruger said the state-of-the-art technology is the first of its kind in Canada and in the pulp and paper industry. The award was presented by Natural Resources Canada as part of the Energy 2011 Lean and Green Future conference in November.

“Since coming online nearly two years ago, the biomass gasification system has already reduced emissions at the plant by 36 percent, which is equivalent to planting two million trees or removing 3,500 vehicles from the roads,” said Frank van Biesen, vice-president of technology for Kruger Products. “This technology is making real improvements and moving us toward our sustainable development goals.”

The technology converts locally sourced wood waste otherwise destined for landfill into clean-burning “syngas” that replaces natural gas in the steam-generating boilers. Kruger Products was recognized in the category of process and technology improvements for its environmental strides. Award submissions are evaluated in one of five award categories, including the project’s improved energy intensity, potential for broader use, contribution to the environment, innovation, other benefits and submission quality. Each category has two winners. As part of its Sustainability 2015 initiative, Kruger Products has introduced projects to improve technologies at its facilities to integrate renewable energy sources into its operations and reduce its overall energy consumption. Through the initiative, Kruger Products said it works to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent each.