Volume 7, No. 01 - March 23, 2011

NCASI studies GHG and energy benefits of using black liquor

In late 2010, NCASI began a series of studies intended to clarify the life cycle greenhouse gas and non-renewable energy benefits associated with using the various types of biomass supplying energy to the industry. A decision was made to first focus on black liquor solids because of their importance to the industry. The study was presented to EPA.

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Environmental Footprint Comparison Tool now publicly available

NCASI has launched the Environmental Footprint Comparison Tool (EFCT), an online resource to better understand environmental decision-making related to the forest products industry. The website will help stakeholders understand the challenges that forest products companies face in simultaneously meeting a broad array of environmental objectives.

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Wildlife monitoring programs in Canada

NCASI is distributing Special Report No. 10-02, Compendium of Long-Term Wildlife Monitoring Programs in Canada. This report details wildlife monitoring programs across Canada that deal with vertebrate species in the wild. The Compendium describes more than 100 programs conducted by various agencies, NGOs, and industry partners. Programs may be limited to one or a few species, or may include as many species as can be documented by staff or volunteers.

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Results of printing and writing paper LCA now available

Over the last several years, the industry had conducted a series of life cycle assessment (LCA) studies of different grades of paper. The LCA study results for four grades of printing and writing papers have been released by AF&PA and FPAC, the organizations providing most of the funding for the studies.

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NCASI releases enhanced version of the Forest Industry Carbon Assessment Tool (FICAT)

The Forest Industry Carbon Assessment Tool (FICAT) is a computer-based tool designed to facilitate the development of facility or corporate carbon footprints involving forest-based value chains. NCASI recently added a number of features to FICAT.

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