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Domtar's 2019 report focusses on sustainable supply chain

Sep '19
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Domtar has released its 2019 sustainability report that focusses on better future with its stakeholders that includes its customers, employees, investors, communities, and environmental organisation partners. Domtar is a provider of fibre-based products including communication, specialty, and packaging papers, market pulp, and absorbent hygiene products.

The new report highlights the progress and challenges towards 2020 goals in three focus areas; responsibility across the supply chain, including sustainable forestry principles to ensure the health of forestlands; efficiency in manufacturing, to minimise the negative environmental effects of the operations; and engagement with a variety of stakeholders, the company said in a press release.

According to the report, 38 per cent of the fibre procured for the pulp and paper mills was certified, including 21 per cent from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified sources. There is a 19 per cent reduction in waste to landfill from pulp and paper mills since 2013, while 69 per cent of the manufacturing by-products generated was used beneficially.

72 per cent of the energy used in the pulp and paper mills came from renewable biomass fuels, along with self-generating an equivalent of 72 per cent of the electricity they used. There was a 15 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions at pulp and paper mills since 2010. A two per cent reduction in water used at pulp and paper mills since 2014 was also registered.

The company has completed development of its full-cost-of-water model and began using it in project approvals to further support water and energy conservation efforts. There was a 57 per cent reduction in its recordable safety incident rate since 2008, to 0.74. The company has expanded its EarthChoice Ambassador programme to 30 locations in four countries, covering 86 per cent of its facilities. $2.5 million has been invested in communities, focused on literacy, health and wellness, and sustainability. The employees have contributed around 13,800+ hours at Domtar-sponsored events in our communities. (GK)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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