Domtar Corporation was recognized by the American Forest & Paper Association as a leader in sustainability with two 2014 AF&PA Sustainability Awards. This is the second consecutive year Domtar has been honored for its sustainability advancements.
Domtar received the Innovation in Sustainability Award for their BioChoiceTMLignin and the Leadership in Sustainability Award for Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reductions for their Barge Unloading and Conveyor Project. Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry, the annual sustainability awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories.
Domtar leveraged its Plymouth, N.C. mill's existing infrastructure to start a lignin separation plant - the first of its kind in North America in over 25 years. Lignin is the natural glue that holds wood fibers together. While it is most commonly used as a carbon-neutral source of fuel, modern technology allows it to be made into a wide range of sustainable products, including coating, natural binders, plastics and resins.
Domtar's one-mile-long conveyor belt from the banks of the Ohio River straight into their Hawesville, Ky. Mill enabled them to directly deliver wood chips to the mill, eliminating 54,000 wood chip delivery truck trips and drastically reducing truck traffic and related congestion and pollution.
"We are honored to be recognized by AF&PA, underscoring Domtar's commitment to its core values of innovation and caring, optimizing our processes and with this year's Innovation in Sustainability Award and Leadership in Sustainability Award for Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Reductions. Innovation is one of Domtar's core values, and in this case it has helped make our company more efficient," said Domtar President and CEO John Williams.