Making better EarthChoices
Two years after launching our 2020 sustainability roadmap, I am pleased to report that Domtar is making steady, measurable progress towards realizing the business benefits of wholistic, long-term decision making.
A few of our sustainability performance highlights from 2013 include the increasing use of certified fiber (approaching 40% of Domtar’s total fiber procurement), decreasing direct greenhouse gas emissions, and our continued success at leveraging employees’ ideas and energy around manufacturing process and health and safety improvements.
And speaking of energy - I can point to the fact that three quarters of the energy we use at our mills comes from renewable sources (biomass, hydro), that our use of coal is steadily declining, and that our use of cleaner-burning natural gas is increasing. Finally, we have also made substantial progress on the solid waste diversion front, where now more than half of what we used to call “waste” gets beneficially re-used.
In the forest, we aim to increase our supply of certified fiber by remaining committed to implementing and maintaining Chain-of-Custody certification to recognized third party standards, namely Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®), Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™). While Domtar has a preference for FSC where available, we will continue to utilize fiber from multiple certification schemes.
So yes, we are making measurable progress on a number of fronts towards our 2020 objectives. At the same time, we are working hard behind the scenes to provide our network of pulp and paper mills with the robust, comparable data they need to make sustainability decisions that will return the greatest environmental, social and economic benefits for each of their unique, local circumstances. Similarly, we are fully engaged with our Personal Care division to identify opportunities that will return the greatest sustainability benefits to that business. It is still early days for this strategic process, but the value-creating possibilities that lie before us are truly exciting.
Through it all, EarthChoice at Domtar continues to grow and evolve. What started out as the widest offering of environmentally responsible paper on the market has now become a company philosophy, one that empowers our employees and facilities to develop site-specific plans aligned to our corporate growth strategy.
I invite you to explore the pages of this section to learn more about our sustainability progress, and to share with us your ideas on how we can all collectively make better EarthChoices.
John D. Williams
President and CEO