Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA 19 November 2014 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Domtar Corporation announced its support of the position taken today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that carbon dioxide emissions from sustainably-managed sources of biomass should be considered "neutral" when accounting for greenhouse gas emissions.
Today's memorandum from EPA's Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, Janet McCabe, correctly recognizes that not all biomass is created equal when it comes to regulating greenhouse gas emissions, according to Domtar company officials. "Just because a resource is renewable does not automatically make it sustainable. Today's memorandum helps make that important point," said David Struhs, Vice-President, Corporate Communications and Sustainability.
Domtar also noted the importance of EPA recognizing the environmental and economic value of utilizing biomass feedstocks derived from waste materials. "EPA's direction on this issue promotes the idea of extracting as much value as possible from sustainably harvested biomass, which brings together economic and environmental interests," according to Mr. Struhs.
Domtar is the largest producer of uncoated paper in North America.
Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and absorbent hygiene products. The foundation of its business is a network of world class wood fiber converting assets that produce papergrade, fluff and specialty pulps. The majority of its pulp production is consumed internally to manufacture paper and consumer products. Domtar is the largest integrated marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America with recognized brands such as Cougar®, Lynx® Opaque Ultra, Husky® Opaque Offset, First Choice® and Domtar EarthChoice®. Domtar is also a leading marketer and producer of a broad line of absorbent hygiene products marketed primarily under the Attends®, IncoPack and Indasec® brand names. In 2013, Domtar had sales of $5.4 billion from some 50 countries. The Company employs approximately 10,000 people. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com .