Environment and Sustainability

Helping member companies operate in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner through focused research aimed at identifying best management practices for environmental compatibility and resource management.

The Environment and Sustainability area of focus is divided into three main components.


  • The Impact Assessment component allows the industry’s environmental strategies to meet regulations, continually improve performance, and address emerging environmental technologies and issues.
  • The Resource Management component focuses on enhancing environmental performance through resource recovery and the production of green energy from waste streams.
  • The Chemical Monitoring component has expertise in monitoring the air quality in pulp mill communities, as well as in developing and using tools to assess the potential impact of new technologies and process-related changes at mill sites.
  • FPInnovations additionally works in life-cycle assessment for forest products, environmental product declarations and environmental market access – for example, the contribution of wood products to sustainable construction.

A number of initiatives are being pursued, including:

  • the development of key predictive monitoring tools and best management practices that can help the industry respond to concerns about the possible effect of effluent on fish reproduction in the wild and provide for the environmentally responsible development of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC);
  • the reutilization of ash produced from cogeneration boilers and the production of biomethane through the anaerobic digestion of waste activated sludge and various organics-rich streams associated with mechanical, chemical and dissolving pulp mills, with the ultimate goal of zero waste to landfill;

The objective is to enable the development of products and markets within a framework of environmental sustainability that will safeguard the future of the forest industry.