FORT MILL, SC - Domtar Corporation announced its support of the position taken today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that carbon dioxide emissions from sustainably-managed sources of biomass should be considered "neutral" when accounting for greenhouse gas emissions.
Today's memorandum from EPA's Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, Janet McCabe, correctly recognizes that not all biomass is created equal when it comes to regulating greenhouse gas emissions, according toDomtar company officials. "Just because a resource is renewable does not automatically make it sustainable. Today's memorandum helps make that important point," said David Struhs, Vice-President, Corporate Communications and Sustainability.
Domtar also noted the importance of EPA recognizing the environmental and economic value of utilizing biomass feedstocks derived from waste materials. "EPA's direction on this issue promotes the idea of extracting as much value as possible from sustainably harvested biomass, which brings together economic and environmental interests," according to Mr. Struhs.
Domtar is the largest producer of uncoated paper in North America.