Our customers demand higher standards that prove the product we provide is sourced from environmentally responsible forest management

Northern Pulp meets provincial and federal laws and regulations, and performs well beyond them. We are certified to the following third party forestry and environmental standards:

International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001 Certificate
Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) Forest Management Certificate
Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) Chain of Custody Certificate
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood Certificate
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) Chain of Custody Certificate

  • We use and implement Ecologically-Based Planning on both a landscape and site level. Non-Harvest zones are identified and strictly enforced to allow for ecological preservation including: wildlife habitat, waterway buffers, riparian zones and wildlife corridors. Click here to view an example of an ecologically based plan. Example of an ecologically based plan
  • Independent 3rd party regulators perform audits of site treatment against planned approach to ensure compliance
  • Our Forest Advisory Group is comprised of local, independent experts in their field. The Advisory Group regularly provides input and holds Northern Pulp to account on our forestry practices.
  • We produce 23 megawatts of green energy & are almost self-sufficient in energy as a result
  • We are exploring options to expand our green energy production

Northern Pulp’s precipitator signifies a new era.

After three and a half years of planning, design and construction, Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation’s (NPNS) new electrostatic precipitator is complete. As of July first, the Kraft pulp mill has been back into full production at Northern Pulp.

The equivalent of a 10-storey building, the precipitator uses an electrical field to remove particles from the exhaust gas stream.  This process drastically reduces the amount of particles that are emitted into the atmosphere.

At peak construction, upwards of 250 trades persons were on site with estimated working man hours totaling approximately 176,000. This number is in addition to all shop fabrication person hours for structural steel, wall panels and duct work – which was fabricated here in the Maritimes.

With this precipitator now up and running with incredibly positive results during the current commissioning phase, Northern Pulp is entering a new era of improved environmental performance.

Northern Pulp has a progressive owner committed to continue investing in the province of Nova Scotia.  Since assuming ownership in 2011 Northern Pulp’s owner – Paper Excellence Canada – has invested over $157 million into the Abercrombie mill to ensure safety, efficiency and productivity.

A dedicated workforce of almost 300 people, and a client base that continues to grow due to our highly valued product are key factors in enabling us to continue building a financially and environmentally sustainable business in Pictou County that supports the region and extends throughout the province of Nova Scotia.

Established in 1967, NPNS has survived during times when hundreds of mills in communities throughout North America have not.  Northern Pulp’s future looks great for decades to come – supplying customers around the world with pulp that is used to produce common household products such as tissue, towel and toilet paper, writing and photocopy paper.

Kathy Cloutier
Communications Manager
Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation


Responsible production….and reduction

What we don’t produce matters as much as what we do produce. We’ve dramatically minimized our environmental footprint through the use of state-of-the-art technologies to clean our wastewater and air emissions.

Northern Pulp’s manufacturing processes has environmental impacts involving the consumption of resources, air emissions, waste generation and water discharge. We seek to minimize these by focusing on continuous improvement and establishing environmental management systems (EMS) at all our operating facilities. Our Environmental Operating Plan (EOP) identifies the environmental risks (and legal obligations) associated with the day to day operations of our business and specifies the management measures the Mill will implement in order to prevent or minimize the environmental impacts associated with our operations.

Environmental performance is managed at the local mill level, with top-level oversight by the Paper Excellence Group. Guided by our Environmental Policy, the mill environmental department is responsible for compliance with local laws and regulations and for facilitating continuous improvement.

Reducing our Environmental Footprint

Our operation strives to continuously improve environmental performance in key areas. Detailed information on our air, land, and water reporting and data measurements are available on the  Key Performance Indicators page.

2016 Environmental Operating Plan

The Environmental Operating Plan (EOP) is a document that identifies the environmental risks (and legal obligations) associated with the day to day operations of our business and specifies the management measures the Mill will implement in order to prevent or minimize the environmental impacts associated with our operations.

Wastewater Objectives

  • Continue to meet all applicable government regulations
  • Continue to be in compliance with:
    • Mill Effluent Toxicity
    • Total Suspended Solids
    • Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)
    • Dioxins & Furans
  • Complete Cycle 7 Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) requirements
  • Continue hydrogeological monitoring at the mill site and newly added test points at the Effluent Treatment System (ETS)
  • Participate with the Province of Nova Scotia in the planning for Boat Harbour replacement.
  • Continue work on Environmental Assessment/permitting for the new effluent treatment system
  • Continue annual dredge of Aerated Stabilization Basin (ASB) to minimize nuisance odours
  • Study TRS in wastewater with the goal of reducing odour generation
  • Conduct tours of the ETS upon request
  • Develop cooling water reduction projects

Air Objectives

  • Meet all applicable government objectives
  • Keep Total Reduced Sulphur (TRS) emissions from the recovery boiler to less than 15 ppm
  • Carry out relative accuracy test audits (RATA) of the recovery boiler TRS meter
  • Develop a plan to continue odour reduction projects
  • Maximize uptime in existing odour reduction systems
  • Continue to maintain the upgraded ambient air monitoring stations
  • Maintain compliance with future base-level industrial emission requirements (BLIERS)
  • Minimize the use of fossil fuels to reduce GHGs.
  • Install continuous TRS monitor on the lime kiln stack.
  • Audit the PB system to identify opportunities to reduce particulate emissions.

Solid Waste Objectives

  • Fulfill government requirements around solid waste regulations.
  • Determine realistic ways of diverting solid waste away from the landfill
  • Continue to segregate our domestic waste streams
  • Continue the mill waste recycling program
  • New cell development for operational mill landfill #3
  • Implement controlled entry procedures at the mill landfill.

Woodlands Objectives

  • Participate in the annual Sustainable Forestry Initiative Advisory Committee meeting
  • Maintain current certifications held:
  • ISO14001 Woodlands Environmental Management System
  • Chain of Custody (SFI, PEFC™, FSC®)

Asbestos Management Objectives

  • Continue asbestos awareness training as part of mill employee and contractor site safety orientations
  • Continue to monitor condition of asbestos containing materials in the mill
  • Address any asbestos hazards immediately upon their discovery and identification using properly trained asbestos abatement contract personne
  • Document any repairs and removals
  • Dispose of asbestos at licensed and designated asbestos disposal facilities off the mill site

Other Objectives

  • Report requirements for NPRI, GHG and other government and/or corporate programs
  • Maintain annual updates to environmental emergency preparedness and response manual
  • Attend environmental courses or conferences where applicable
  • Maintain an active Community Liaison Committee.