July 17, 2006

Hydro-Quebec adopts procurement policy for ecologically friendly paper

MONTREAL, QUE-Hydro-Quebec has adopted a new corporate policy relating to its paper procurement for printing and photocopying. Responding to a challenge issued by Greenpeace, the company has committed to purchasing only 100% post-consumer, recycled, non-chlorine-bleached paper produced from forests certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard for sustainable forest management. The initiative is significant, given that Hydro-Quebec purchases 650 tonnes of printer and photocopier paper each year. The new policy will take effect starting in 2007 and will apply to all Hydro-Quebec offices. It will allow the company to help save 11,000 trees and conserve 20 million litres of water annually. Over the next five years, the use of ecologically friendly paper will be a requirement for all of Hydro-Quebec's suppliers. "By implementing such a policy, Hydro-Quebec has led the way in becoming one of the first large companies in Canada to commit itself to protecting the boreal forest," said Greenpeace Quebec director Steven Guilbeault. "We hope this example will inspire other companies to meet the same challenge," he added. Thierry Vandal, Hydro-Quebec president and general manager, commended the Greenpeace challenge, noting that "it aligns perfectly with our vision of sustainable development."

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