AbitibiBowater's Kénogami, Quebec Mill Wins Prestigious Environmental Phénix Award
ABH (NYSE, TSX)
MONTREAL, May 30 /CNW Telbec/ - AbitibiBowater is honored to have
received a 2008 Environmental Phénix Award from the Government of Quebec, and
would like to congratulate the employees at the Kénogami paper mill for their
exceptional commitment to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable
AbitibiBowater's Kénogami facility was honored in the "Waste Management"
"I am extremely proud that our Kénogami mill has been recognized with an
Environmental Phénix Award," said David J. Paterson, President and Chief
Employee engagement has been the driving success factor at the Kénogami
mill. For over ten years, the operation has continually improved its
environmental performance. The facility's employees have spearheaded
initiatives to reduce waste production, reuse and recycle plant bi-products
and recover material to minimize waste sent to the landfill.
The achievements of the Kénogami mill in waste reduction have been
extraordinary. The mill's efforts have translated into a reduction of landfill
process waste by 51% and other residues by 60%. Recycling (solid waste) and
reusing (wood residue) initiatives have also been impressive.
Mr. Paterson also congratulated AbitibiBowater's Beaupré, Quebec facility
for being a finalist in the Environmental Phénix Award's "Product Development"
category for pioneering the development of uncoated freesheet substitute
products, like EcoLaser™, which are lighter in weight, totally
chlorine-free, and use less water and energy, as well as 50% less wood fiber
than conventional offset paper.
The Environmental Phénix Awards are considered the most acclaimed
environmental awards in Quebec. They are presented annually to companies,
industry groups and community organizations that balance their commercial
operations with sustainable development.
AbitibiBowater produces a wide range of newsprint and commercial printing
papers, market pulp and wood products. It is the eighth largest publicly
traded pulp and paper manufacturer in the world. AbitibiBowater owns or
operates 27 pulp and paper facilities and 34 wood products facilities located
in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and South Korea. Marketing
its products in more than 90 countries, the Company is also among the world's
largest recyclers of old newspapers and magazines, and has more third-party
certified sustainable forest land than any other company in the world. The
Company's shares trade under the stock symbol ABH on both the New York Stock
Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.