Fortunately, most of Kruger Products’ largest facilities are located in Quebec and British Columbia, so much of the electricity that we consume is hydroelectricity. Since this type of electricity is not derived from non-renewable fossil fuels, it has a significantly smaller contribution to climate change.
Sustainability Target 2015
Reduce our overall energy consumption by 15% by streamlining our manufacturing processes and implementing an array of energy-reduction and efficiency initiatives.
Our primary focus is to reduce our overall consumption of energy and work towards substituting renewable energy for the energy we use that is derived from fossil fuels. Our target of a 15% reduction in energy consumption translates into an enormous reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, achieving this goal by 2015 is a major undertaking.
We employ a dedicated energy manager whose fulltime job is to identify and develop what are often complex and long-term energy solutions. Rather than simply turning down the thermostat or turning off the lights – though we’ll do that too – our efforts include special projects such as the multi-million-dollar heat recovery system at our mill in Gatineau, Quebec. By recovering waste heat, this project is expected to replace some 200,000 gigajoules of energy currently produced from steam generated by fossil fuels. The new system has the potential to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 15%, an amount equivalent to removing 2,500 cars from Canadian roads or planting 1.3 million trees.
To meet our energy-reduction target, we are also investigating how we can increase our use of alternative energy. In this regard, we are working in concert with our sister company Kruger Energy, one of Canada’s largest and most diverse renewable and alternative energy companies.
Specializing in the development and management of green-energy and renewable-energy power plants, Kruger Inc. and Kruger Energy manage and operate some 34 production sites in Canada and the US.
Producing a total of over 1,700 gigawatt hours of green energy, these sites include hydroelectric and wind-power installations, biomass cogeneration installations and biogas facilities.
Two of Kruger Inc.’s paper mills have their own hydroelectric plants, and three of Kruger Energy’s power plants have a combined installed capacity of almost 150 megawatts. Kruger Energy also operates 27 run-of-river hydro facilities in the U.S., and is currently building a second wind farm to complement the 44-turbine farm it already owns and operates in Ontario. When it is completed, the combined production of the duo will produce enough energy to power over 60,000 Canadian homes. Kruger Energy is also investigating wind opportunities in Quebec.
Two Kruger paper mills are equipped with biomass cogeneration plants. They generate electricity by burning some 450,000 tonnes per year of sludge, bark and other wood residues that have been diverted from landfill. Steam recovered from the process is then used to dry paper. Since this material replaces fossil fuel as an energy source, these plants reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Demonstrating the wide range of alternative-energy sources it employs, Kruger Energy is also producing power from biogas. The company captures 127,000 m3 of biogas from a 57-hectare landfill in Lachute, Quebec. This fuel generates 83 gigawatt hours of electricity, which is sufficient to meet the energy needs of 5,000 homes.