International Paper Joins DOE’s Better Plants Program; Alberta Reviews Options to Reduce GHG Emissions in Oil Sands - Energy Minute for February 19, 2013



International Paper has joined the Better Plants program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy. IP joins more than 100 other companies working with DOE to implement cost-effective energy efficiency improvements. As a program partner, IP commits to achieving a 25 percent reduction in energy intensity from a 2009 baseline, over ten years, across its U.S facilities. In 2012, International Paper was one of 20 organizations, and the only forest products company, to win the Environmental Protection Agency’s inaugural Climate Leadership Award for achieving voluntary fossil fuel GHG reductions of more than 40 percent from 2000 to 2010. The company already generates 70 percent of its US energy needs sustainably, from renewable biomass. The Better Plants program is part of DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, which works with diverse partners to develop and deploy technologies and practices to help US manufacturers.

Alberta, home base of the Canadian oil sands development, is looking at opportunities to improve its climate change strategy, according to International Relations Minister Cal Dallas. In particular, the province is reviewing options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions created by oil sands extraction operations. It has been suggested that the U.S. government is asking for an improvement in GHG regulations in exchange for approving the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline from Alberta to Texas.

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