Author: Samantha Choles

Forests and renewable energy are the focus of the UN’s International Day of Forests

Renewable energy - Turbine at Sappi's Ngodwana mill
Renewable energy produced by the pulp and paper industry, by virtue of the cogeneration process and biomass based lignin content in black liquor, uses less water and emits less CO2 than regular coal based power production. Credit: Sappi

The theme of the 2017 United Nations International Day of Forests (IDF) is Forests and Energy. Heralded annually, it shares the day with South Africa’s Human Rights Day. The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) is proud to represent the global forest products industry, which plays an important role in contributing to the production of renewable energy and reducing dependence on fossil fuels by using wood manufacturing residuals, byproducts and forest residues – collectively known as biomass – to produce much of…

Ibá launches infographic on the multiple uses of wood

The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) has published a fantastic reference on planted trees and the multiples uses of wood. Just like South Africa, wood is used to produce pulp, wood panels, laminate flooring, paper, charcoal, and biomass – items that are present in our homes and our daily lives. These trees are a renewable resource; planted trees will also be the source of a new generation of innovative forest products and derivatives that are essential to develop a low-carbon economy.…

Sappi launches new website

Sappi Limited (JSE), a leading global provider of sustainable woodfibre products and solutions, today announced the launch of its new website with significant updates benefitting customers, investors, employees and other stakeholders. This newly redesigned website is one of the many steps Sappi is taking to unite its global divisions as part of its groundbreaking 2020Vision strategy, which seeks to pursue growth opportunities in the woodfibre industry.…

UPFRONT – VOLUME 5/6 – Nisi mortuous piscem fluxum

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Only dead fish go with the flow. These were the concluding words of the TAPPSA 2016 conference keynote speaker. Steuart Pennington’s 20-minute presentation was a refreshing diversion amid the tough economic times facing most sectors of society as he presented the antithesis to the incessant barrage of bad news on printing presses, airwaves and social media channels.  …

Tissue World Milan’s 2017 conference theme announced

Many tissue companies are today at an important crossroads or tipping point where they must accurately assess potential changes. This may well determine if they will drive down the road into a commodity trap of low returns or, instead, move ahead on a different forward-thinking path based on new ideas for profitably growing their business. With the conference theme “Change is the Only Constant…but Where is the Tipping Point?”, the 2017 Senior Management Symposium (SMS) at Tissue World Milan offers…

Stora Enso and Volvo Cars to inaugurate renewable energy pipeline

Collaboration enables Volvo Car Gent to cut CO2 emissions by more than 40 per cent. Stora Enso and Volvo Cars officially opened a new hot water pipeline between their manufacturing sites in Ghent, Belgium, on 18 November 2016. The four-kilometre pipeline will take hot water heated using renewable energy from Stora Enso’s paper mill to the Volvo plant, where it will be used to heat buildings and paint booths. The annual reductions in CO2 emissions correspond to the heating of…