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Metafore Newsletter: In Focus, February 11, 2007

by Portal Web Editor last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:03 AM This newsletter was made possible through support provided by the Global Development Alliance and the Office of Environmental and Natural Resources, Bureau for Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade, U.S. Agency for International Development, and by the USDA Forest Service International Programs, under the terms of Award No. 03-DG-11132762-027. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the USDA Forest Service.
China scooping up recycled newsprint; Safeway joins fight against greenhouse gas emissions; Forest firms easily beat Kyoto targets; Biodiversity goes to market; Longview Fibre accepts offer of investment giant; Canadians want newspapers printed on environmentally friendly paper; Deforestation main challenge for UNEP; Neenah Paper to buy Fox River Paper; Canadian Convention Achieves Zero Waste; UPM Tops Sustainability Report Card; Dell Receives Prominent Environmental Leadership Award

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February 11, 2007

China scooping up recycled newsprint
From The Vancouver Sun:
Paper collected each week from blue box programs has become the latest commodity to rocket up in price as a new player -- China -- is scooping up almost one-third of North American newsprint to recycle it in its own mills.

China collected nine million tonnes of all types of recovered paper from North America in 2006, up 15 per cent from 2005, much of that from West Coast American cities. China's entry into the recycling business is pushing up prices, raising concerns over a supply crunch for recycled fibre in North America and prompting questions about whether a "recycled" label still means a smaller environmental footprint.

Container ships bringing manufactured goods to West Coast American ports often return to China loaded with newsprint and other recycled paper, where it is being used to supply the country's burgeoning demand for paper products.

It used to be case that blue box collections were used locally, but the globalization of the paper industry has changed that, according to David Ford, president of Metafore.

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Safeway joins fight against greenhouse gas emissions
From GreenBiz:
Safeway Inc. announced that it has joined the California Climate Action Registry, California's only official registry for Greenhouse Gas emissions reduction projects. Participation in the Registry makes Safeway the first retail grocer in the state to be an active participant in the organization and another step in the company’s comprehensive GHG Emissions Reduction Program.

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Forest firms easily beat Kyoto targets
From Victoria Times Colonist:
Key Canadian forestry companies have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 44 per cent since 1990, or more than seven times the six-per-cent reduction called for in the Kyoto Protocol, the Forestry Products Association of Canada says in a report.

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Biodiversity goes to market
From WBCSD:
Biodiversity, like the proverbial prophet, is not without honour save in its own country: it tends to be valued more highly abroad than at home. Brazil is now trying to become an exception to the rule by commercialising its native species on a large scale.

Only a few of its native plants, not all of which are exclusive to this country, are marketed to any extent nationally and abroad: peanuts, cassava, cocoa and mahogany.

Some have been developed more successfully in far countries, such as the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis), which was successfully cultivated in plantations in Malaysia. But a new attempt is under way to harness the economic potential of some of Brazil's biodiversity.

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Longview Fibre accepts offer of investment giant
From The Oregonian:
After 80 years as a mainstay of Northwest forest products companies, Longview Fibre Co. last week said it had agreed to sell itself off to a giant Canadian investment company.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc., of Toronto, said it would purchase Longview in a deal valued at $2.15 billion. Assuming Longview shareholders approve the deal, Brookfield would pay $24.75 a share, or about $1.6 billion, and take on the company's $518 million in debt.

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Canadians want newspapers printed on environmentally friendly paper
From Toronto Daily News:
Ninety-four per cent of Canadians say newspapers should be published on environmentally friendly paper according to a poll released by environmental publishing advocates Markets Initiative.

The numbers show the importance of the environment for Canadians not only as a voting issue but also in their consumer choices.

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Deforestation main challenge for UNEP
From Inter Press Service:
The severe degradation of the environment and its impact on climate change are dominating discussions currently underway at the 24th meeting of the governing council of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in the Kenyan capital.

Delegates are in agreement that climate change, which remains the world's overriding environmental challenge, requires global efforts to counter it. Reducing deforestation is being cited as a key measure to mitigate some of the effects of climate change.

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Neenah Paper to buy Fox River Paper
From The Business Journal (Milwaukee):
Neenah Paper Inc. has agreed to buy Fox River Paper Co., an Appleton producer of premium fine papers, for an undisclosed price.

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Neenah Paper said Tuesday that it signed a definitive agreement to purchase the Fox Valley Corp., the parent company of Fox River Paper. Neenah Paper has Wisconsin paper mills in Neenah and Whiting, along with mills in Michigan, Canada and Germany.

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Press Releases
Canadian Convention Achieves Zero Waste
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) announced that it has succeeded in mounting its first large-scale Zero Waste convention, representing an historic first within the convention and trade show industry.

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UPM Tops Sustainability Report Card
UPM has been named the top environmental supplier of paper to the world's largest magazine publisher. In Time Inc.'s annual review of the environmental performance of its paper suppliers, UPM had the highest score. The report card covers forestry practices and more.

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Dell Receives Prominent Environmental Leadership Award
Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) is the recipient of the National Recycling Coalition's ninth annual Recycling Works Award for its longstanding efforts to promote individual producer responsibility.

The award recognizes Dell's leadership in recycling computer equipment and its global policies making it easier for customers to become effective environmental stewards.

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