Our Sustainability Goals

Deliver between $300 million and $500 million of annual EBITDA* from fiber-based businesses for which there is growing market demand.

Progress: Growth and expansion in Personal Care and our fluff pulp conversion project at Ashdown, Arkansas, give us the capacity to reach close to the half-way point of our target.

 

Reduce our recordable safety incident rate to 0.50 by 2020

Progress: Finished 2016 with a recordable safety incident rate of 0.82, a 53 percent reduction since 2008. We continue to focus on leading safety activities that help us identify and fix potential hazards before they result in injuries.

 

Establish EarthChoice Ambassador Teams in all our facilities by 2020, engaging our employees in our commitment to sustainability.

Progress: Expanded our EarthChoice Ambassador Program to 23 facilities. Nearly 70 percent of our facilities now have teams in place.

 

Increase the level of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified fiber procured for our pulp and paper mills to 20 percent of total fiber used by 2020. Longer-term, procure 100 percent of the fiber for our pulp and paper mills from sources that are certified to the FSC standards. 

Progress: Maintained an FSC-certified fiber level of 19 percent during a time when overall FSC acres declined in the U.S. This was accomplished through collaboration with our partners to lower the financial and technical hurdles to certification, which helped increase FSC-certified lands in two of our southern U.S. procurement regions by more than 600,000 acres since 2012.

 

Reduce total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions from purchased energy at pulp and paper mills 15 percent by 2020 from 2010 levels.

Progress: Reduced overall greenhouse gas emissions 13 percent since 2010. Direct emissions are down 25 percent, primarily due to the conversion of six coal-fired power boilers to natural gas, while indirect emissions from purchased energy are up 11 percent, mainly due to selling renewable energy credits from internal electricity generation.

 

Reduce total waste to landfill from pulp and paper mills 40 percent by 2020 from 2013 levels.

Progress: Reduced the amount of waste sent to landfills 33 percent since 2013 through source reduction and beneficial re-use programs.

 

Develop a model for our pulp and paper mills to measure and more strategically manage the full cost of using water.

Progress: Conducted pilot studies at three mills in 2016 to determine the appropriate cost elements, flows and methods needed in our model to better understand the full cost of using water.

 

*The term EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please see "Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures" in Domtar's 2016 Annual Report. 

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