Resolute's Yves Laflamme Honored for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability and Clean Capitalism
Resolute's President and CEO, Yves Laflamme, was specifically recognized for advancing key carbon reduction and plastic pollution initiatives at Resolute Forest Products.
Oct. 4, 2019 - Resolute Forest Products announced that Yves Laflamme, Resolute's President and CEO, has been named to Canada's 2020 Clean50 and 2020 Clean16 by Delta Management Group for his contribution to sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada.
The awards were announced on October 3 during the Clean50 Summit 9.0 held in Toronto, Ontario, where over 125 past and new honorees gathered to discuss critical sustainability challenges facing Canada.
Mr. Laflamme was specifically recognized for advancing key carbon reduction and plastic pollution initiatives. When he took charge of Resolute in February 2018, the company had achieved a 76% reduction in absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to 2000 levels. Mr. Laflamme initiated a $29 million project at Resolute's Thunder Bay (Ontario) pulp and paper mill, including $14.7 million to reduce the mill's annual GHG emissions by over 20%, as well as a $61 million strategic investment plan at the Saint-Félicien (Quebec) pulp mill, including $21.5 million to reduce GHG emissions by 20%.
Mr. Laflamme also led the modernization of the company's Coosa Pines (Alabama) pulp mill's cogeneration turbine, for a 65% reduction in scope 2 emissions.
These initiatives reduced Resolute's GHG emissions by nearly 180,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents per year, contributing to a 15% reduction in overall absolute GHG emissions compared to 2017. Beyond that, single-use plastic bottles of water and rehydration drinks have been banned across all of Resolute's operations and offices, eliminating 1.7 million bottles from the waste stream.
Canada's Clean50 Awards annually recognize 50 individuals or teams from 16 different categories for their accomplishments delivered over the prior two years. As the leader in the Primary Resources category, Mr. Laflamme was also named to Canada's 2020 Clean16.
“The Clean16 Awards celebrate the leaders of the leaders in sustainability in Canada,” stated Gavin Pitchford, CEO of Delta Management Group and founder of the Clean50 awards program. “To be selected from among such a strong group of peers is a testament to the contribution Yves Laflamme has made to helping make Canada more sustainable for all Canadians.”
“These awards recognize the hard work and commitment to sustainability of each and every Resolute employee,” said Yves Laflamme. “We continue to garner regional, North American and global awards for our leadership in corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, as well as for our business practices. And we have become a respected voice at public policy tables across Canada and the United States.”
Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including market pulp, tissue, wood products, newsprint and specialty papers, which are marketed in close to 70 countries. The company owns or operates some 40 facilities, as well as power generation assets, in the United States and Canada. To learn more, please visit: www.resolutefp.com
SOURCE: Resolute Forest Products Inc.