The Catalyst Paper Excellence mill in Crofton. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The Catalyst Paper Excellence mill in Crofton. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Paper Excellence Canada publishes sustainability report

Company highlights achievements and opportunities to perform better

Paper Excellence Canada has published its second sustainability report, Building Strong Relationships.

Building Strong Relationships reviews 2021 and looks at both the company’s achievements and opportunities to do better. In particular, it highlights the work done in building relationships with Indigenous communities in whose traditional territories mills operate and the corporate giving campaign which had a greatly increased budget in 2021.

The report also looks at environmental and economic impacts nationally and on a mill-by-mill basis. From an environmental standpoint, 85 per cent of total energy use was renewable in 2021 and the company continued to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – now down by 66 per cent since 1990. From an economic perspective, the total economic activity created by Paper Excellence Canada operations was $4.8 billion.

“Paper Excellence Canada’s spent this last year putting our words into action and I’m proud of what we have achieved,” said Graham Kissack, vice president of Environment, Health & Safety and Corporate Communications. “Our vision is to be a profitable, sustainable and globally competitive fibre products provider that is environmentally and economically beneficial to all stakeholders and this year’s achievements have supported us in that aim.

“We know numbers and charts aren’t for everyone, so we’ve also highlighted 11 different Practices and Perspectives stories throughout the report – some written, some video,” added Kissack. “These stories are linked to our website via QR codes and will give readers on-the-ground insight into our work on things like achieving 100 per cent utilization of harvested forest fibre through an Indigenous partnership and supporting a local salmon hatchery through a hot summer.”

The full sustainability report and the Practices and Perspectives stories can be found on the Paper Excellence website. The report is available as a hard copy report, an online document and a downloadable PDF: Sustainability Report – Paper Excellence.