Environment


To protect the environment, we closely control and monitor emissions from the mill.

We are proud to be an industry leader with state-of-the-art environmental protection technology. Howe Sound Pulp and Paper’s ongoing investment in environmental technology allows us to meet and better all current and foreseeable government discharge standards.

Air quality is monitored on an ongoing basis, and we report the results to the public and the Ministry of Environment. Since the Kyoto baseline year of 1990, Howe Sound has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by over 50%, more than eight times Canada’s target. According to a 2007 report released by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), we accomplished the largest reduction in greenhouse gases per tonne of production in the Canadian pulp and paper industry.

In addition, Howe Sound Pulp and Paper has reduced energy use per tonne of product by over 40% since 1990. The mill supplies 80% of its energy needs from an onsite power generation system. This system uses one barge per day of hog fuel (waste wood from the sawmill industry), a bio-fuel that would otherwise be disposed of in landfills.

The mill monitors its effluent discharges and carries out regular studies to determine the impact of its operation on the waters and sea life of Howe Sound. The most recent study compiled from data gathered in 2005 shows that Howe Sound’s current waste-water discharge is having no measurable impact on water quality and fish in the Sound.

Our neighbours and customers can expect us to continue showing leadership and commitment to environmental stewardship.


Air Quality Monitoring

Howe Sound Pulp and Paper maintains an ambient air monitoring station 10 km south of the mill (close to the Langdale Ferry Terminal). This station measures the concentrations in the local atmosphere of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SO2),  particulate matter smaller than 10 microns in size (PM10) and total reduced sulphur (TRS – the odorous gases created in the Kraft process). This data is then sent by modem to the mill and to the Ministry of Environment.

To access current air quality data at Langdale, follow this link to the Ministry of Environment website: http://www.bcairquality.ca

When you get to that website, you’ll see a small B.C. map on the right-hand corner of the page, called “What’s the Air Like Today?”

Click on the map to enlarge it.

By clicking on the map, the map will zoom to the location you’ve chosen and display nearby monitoring stations.

When you click on a monitoring station, you’ll get the current air quality readings and/or meteorological readings.

Specifically, to find Langdale Elementary:
Click on the inset map for Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. That will take you to closer-range maps, which include the Langdale Elementary monitoring station and its air quality information.

Click on Langdale Elementary to get current readings.

Click on any of those readings to get a graph for the last 24 hours.

In addition, Howe Sound Pulp and Paper has reduced energy use per tonne of product by over 40% since 1990. The mill supplies 80% of its energy needs from an onsite power generation system. This system uses one barge per day of hog fuel (waste wood from the sawmill industry), a bio-fuel that would otherwise be disposed of in landfills.

The mill monitors its effluent discharges and carries out regular studies to determine the impact of its operation on the waters and sea life of Howe Sound. The most recent study compiled from data gathered in 2005 shows that Howe Sound’s current waste-water discharge is having no measurable impact on water quality and fish in the Sound.

Our neighbours and customers can expect us to continue showing leadership and commitment to environmental stewardship.