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Finalists understand need for smaller footprint – PPI Awards 2012

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Finalists understand need for smaller footprint – PPI Awards 2012

September 18, 2012 - 02:16
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BRUSSELS, Sept. 18, 2012 (RISI) -

In Part I, we reviewed the finalists for the PPI Awards 2012 in the Mill and Company categories and the individual awards. To read Part I,click here.

The finalists have been announced for the PPI Awards 2012, including those for the environmental awards. This is one of the fastest growing categories for the PPI Awards and there are now five awards with an environmental emphasis. Not all of them have "environment" in the title, but they all focus on strategies, innovations and technologies that can minimize the use of raw materials and reduce the industry's environmental footprint.

Since the first PPI Awards in 2008, the number and scope of the submissions for the environmental awards has swelled, reflecting the industry's increasing awareness to the environment and the quality of work toward achieving a sustainable balance. Of this year's 27 finalists for the environmental awards, 19 different companies represent 12 countries from around the world. Many of the finalists are well known, through the industry and beyond, for their work on sustainability and the environment.

One of the three new award categories introduced this year is the Breakthrough Technology of the Year, an evironmental award based on the criteria of helping to reduce the industry's carbon footprint. This award also falls into the Supplier Awards category, an example of how suppliers are becoming more attuned to the pulp and paper industry's environmental focus.

With final judging already underway, here is a review of the five environmental awards, the 2011 winners and the 2012 finalists.

Environmental Awards

Breakthrough Technology of the Year

One of the three new categories for this year, this award will go to the supplier company who has grasped a deep understanding of the industry's need to reduce its carbon footprint. The judges will be looking for the company that stands out in producing revolutionary new solutions, products or processes.

2012 Finalists:

  • ABB Ltd, Ireland - New Optical Caliper Sensor

  • EcoSynthetix Inc. Canada - Ecosphere® / Ecosphere® Biolatex®

  • RYECO, Inc, USA - Defect Marker Technology

  • Sanata Technologies Inc. Canada - DAS Technology

Environmental Strategy of the Year (Mill)

This category is presented to the mill management and production team that has gone the extra mile to implement environmental solutions. The winning mill will have done the best work at considering all elements of a mill's impact on the environmental, including raw material, air, water and energy use.

2011 winner: Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers, India

2012 Finalists:

  • BILT Graphic Paper Products Limited, Bhigwan Unit, India

  • Mondi Steti, Czech Republic

  • SAICA, Partington Mill, UK

  • Smurfit Kappa Comptoir Du Pin, France

  • Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier, Netherlands

  • UPM, Shotton Paper Mill, UK

Environmental Strategy of the Year (Company)

Today's companies unquestionably understand that pulp and paper production has an impact on the environment and how that affects the entire business. Judges will be searching for the company that has devised the best strategy for actions and enhancements to addressing environmental issues at its facilities.

2011 winner: Domtar, Canada

2012 Finalists:

  • Grupo Portucel Soporcel, Portugal

  • Kruger Products, Canada

  • Mondi Group, Austria


  • Sappi Fine Paper, North America

  • Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock, China

  • Suzano Pulp and Paper, Brazil

Green Energy and Biofuels Award

This award will go the company that has shown both significant and successful progress for using biomass in the creation of bioenergy and biofuels, as well as any waste-to-energy initiatives. The winning company will have grabbed the opportunity to make new energy strategies that impact both financial and business performance.

2011 winner: ArjoWiggins Dalum Papir, Denmark

2012 Finalists:

  • Metsä Fibre Oy, Finland

  • Mondi Syktyvkar, Russia

  • Tamilnadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd, India

  • UPM, UK

Water Efficiency Award

As the global spotlight falls on possible water shortages in the future, pulp and paper companies are not only working on reducing the need for raw water, but also improving their overall water efficiency. Judges will be looking for the mill that has clearly reduced its water consumption and maximized water usage through technology or practices.

2011 winner: Bio PAPPEL International, Prewitt Mill, USA

2012 Finalists:

  • Bignardi Papeis, Brazil

  • BILT Graphic Paper Products Limited, Bhigwan Unit, India

  • Cascades Candiac Mill, Canada

  • Klabin Monte Alegre, Brazil

  • Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock Co, Ltd, China

  • Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd, India

The PPI Awards 2012 will be held on November 12 in Brussels. For more information on the PPI Awards,click here.