Green packaging manufacturer Cascades has announced that four of the company's plants in Canada have joined Hydro-Québec's EcoElectric network.
The EcoElectric network consists of a group of companies that are recognised for their leadership and performance in energy efficiency.
In order to attain the required level, Cascades had to cut down energy consumption by at least 5%.
The company also needed to achieve savings of at least 50GWh annually depending on the plant, and adopt a new policy on energy efficiency.
Cascades also appointed a member of staff with responsibilities regarding energy efficiency.
The four Cascades plants to join the network are Tissue Group in Candiac, Boxboard in Jonquière, Norampac in Cabano and facilities in Kingsey Falls that are recognised as a single site. The units join Cascades' Lupel plant in Trois-Rivières, a network member since 2008.
Cascades GIE corporate energy director Fabien Demougeot said that energy efficiency is one of the main objectives of the company's Sustainable Development Plan 2013-2015, which will be applied in all its facilities.
"This recognition is part of a process of continuous improvement that will allow other Cascades plants to achieve the same recognition and become members of the EcoElectric network," Demougeot added.
Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed primarily of recycled fibres.