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AbitibiBowater releases environmental benefits study

Jun 22, 2010 12:00 AM

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Montreal-based AbitibiBowater Inc. has released an independent Life Cycle Assessment on the environmental impact of Equal Offset paper as compared to traditional offset paper, Uncoated Freesheet (UFS). In 14 of the 15 categories examined over the full life cycle of the products, Equal Offset had a lower environmental impact than UFS. In five of the categories, the impact was reduced by 50% or more. Other results include:

  • Fewer trees are used in the production of Equal Offset due primarily to the higher pulping yield, reducing impacts on land occupation.
  • Reductions in transportation, chemical use and ash production lead to lower impacts on terrestrial ecotoxicity.
  • Equal Offset emits only about 38% of the greenhouse gases associated with the production of UFS over its life cycle.

This Life Cycle Assessment was conducted by Dr. Paul Stuart, professor of chemical engineering, and post-doctoral fellow Dr. Matty Janssen in the Department of Chemical Engineering of École Polytechnique at the Université de Montréal. The independent third-party peer review of the LCA was carried out by the Interuniversity Research Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG).