Canadian Government funds $810K environmental pulp & paper project

Tolko Manitoba Environment Canada Government FundsTolko Industries, a manufacturer or specialty forest projects, will receive $810,000 in funding from the Government of Canada. This investment will go towards improving energy efficiency at the company’s specialty kraft paper mill in The Pas, Manitoba.

The funding is part of the Canadian Government’s Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP), which will allow Tolko to purchase new equipment and implement more sustainable practices. The company is one of 24 pulp and paper companies across Canada that qualified for credits under the $1-billion program.

“With the PPGTP projects installed and operating at Tolko Manitoba, our greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels will be cut in half,” says Blair Rydberg, site manager for Tolko Manitoba. “The support of the PPGTP allows us to meet our goals of substantially improving energy efficiency while maintaining productivity excellence.”

The Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program complements initiatives that are being delivered under Canada’s Economic Action Plan to sustain and improve the forest industry in Canada. Budget 2010: Leading the Way on Jobs and Growth is delivering $100 million over four years to support the development, commercialization and implementation of advanced technologies in the forest sector – helping create a world-class industry able to compete in the clean energy economy of tomorrow.

In addition, the Government of Canada has committed $170 million to assist the development of next-generation forest products and expand global markets for Canadian forest products. This funding includes $40 million to develop pilot-scale demonstrations under the Transformative Technologies Program.

“Our government recognizes the important role that transformation and energy efficiency will play in the future of Canada’s forest industry,” says the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources. “The Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program is supporting investments in green technologies that are helping the pulp and paper sector reduce their environmental footprint, while it continues to provide important forest products for consumers.”