Climate change is considered by many to be the most serious issue of our times. Nonetheless, international negotiations intended to organize a collective global response to rising temperatures have stalled as politics overruled action.
Meanwhile, Kruger Inc. voluntarily reduced its emissions of greenhouse gases to 485,000 tonnes per year by 2008 from 858,000 tonnes in the baseline year 1990. This 43% drop far exceeds Canada’s Kyoto commitment of a 6% reduction. On an intensity basis, Kruger Inc. improved its performance by 64% over the same time period.
Experts agree that we need to avoid increasing global temperatures by more than two degrees above pre-industrial levels. In order to meet this imperative, some scientists recommend that greenhouse gas emissions be reduced by
25% to 40% by 2020 and by 50% by 2050.These reductions are both relative to emissions in 1990.
Despite already having attained the 2020 target on a corporate-wide basis, Kruger Products has an aggressive target of reducing emissions even further.
Sustainability Target 2015
Reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by reducing our consumption of traditional energy and increasing our use of alternative and renewable energy.
The majority of our emission reductions will be realized through our corresponding 15% reduction in energy use (Target #5). By burning less fossil fuel, we reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. However, there are other means of reducing or offsetting our emissions, such as planting trees and improving our transportation policies (Target #7). We will also lower emissions by reducing our use of packaging materials (Target #3).
Our multi-million-dollar biomass gasification system at our mill in New Westminster, BC, is a Canadian first. Since it began operating in December 2009, it has been converting locally sourced wood waste that was destined for landfill into clean-burning “syngas” that replaces natural gas in steam-generating boilers. This system will reduce by 50% the greenhouse gas emissions currently produced by this mill and will have a significant impact on our ability to meet our emission-reduction goal. The climate change benefits are equivalent to removing 5,500 cars from the road or planting three-million trees.