Efficiency NB

Workshop for pulp and paper mills (10/02/23)

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Feb. 23, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Pulp and paper companies will learn ways to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through investing in energy efficiency at an Efficiency New Brunswick workshop in Fredericton, Wednesday, Feb. 24.

"The pulp and paper sector is one of the largest energy consumers in New Brunswick," said Energy Minister Jack Keir. "I am pleased to see so many industry leaders participating in tomorrow's event. Through this workshop, Efficiency NB is sharing best practices found in mills across North America, so our mills can be more competitive and profitable."

Energy use is a large part of the manufacturing cost of paper. A central focus of the workshop will be minimizing energy use without affecting paper quality, both in mechanical and chemical pulping processes.

"Mills that do not focus on reducing energy consumption and cost will not be competitive," said consultant Ivan Pikulik, a workshop presenter.

The workshop is being delivered by FPInnovations - Forintek Division, Canada's national wood products research institute, and is intended to help standard pulp and paper mills in New Brunswick improve energy efficiency and look at alternative bio-fuel solutions.

Thirty participants have registered for the one-day workshop at the Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre beginning at 8 a.m.


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