Efficiency NB

Energy efficiency workshops for forestry sector to be held (09/06/09)

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June 9, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Energy efficiency workshops for the New Brunswick forestry sector are being held by Efficiency New Brunswick on Tuesday, June, 9 and Wednesday, June 10.

Thirty-five persons representing at least 16 sawmills will take part. The English workshop is being held today in Fredericton, and the French workshop will be held tomorrow in Grand Falls.

The workshops are being delivered by Canada's national wood products research institute, FPInnovations - Forintek Division. The institute supports the forest products industry in optimizing manufacturing processes, extracting higher-value products and meeting customers' expectations of performance, durability, and affordability.

Sawmill energy-use characteristics are unique to the sector and are closely tied to production. Opportunities for energy efficiency will be explored in sawmilling, lumber drying and planer mill energy. Efficiency NB will outline the incentives and support it makes available to small, medium and large industry in the province.

Energy Minister Jack Keir praised Efficiency NB for providing resources and support to the forestry sector.

"Energy efficiency represents an important opportunity for cost savings in an industry that is faced with the challenge of remaining viable and competitive in a struggling economic climate," he said. "This is an extremely worthwhile initiative."

Efficiency NB is joining the New Brunswick Forest Products Association to deliver the workshops to the latter's member companies.

"As the largest consumers of energy in the province, our members understand the importance of maximizing energy efficiency," said Mark Arsenault, president and chief executive officer, New Brunswick Forest Products Association. "Energy can account for up to 30 per cent of our total costs. Energy efficiency is good for the bottom line and our environment."


MEDIA CONTACT: Tracey Somers, communications, Efficiency NB, 506-643-2860, e-mail, tracey.somers@gnb.ca.