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Four Cascades plants join EcoElectric network

Canadian manufacturer of green packaging Cascades has announced that its plants Tissue Group in Candiac, Boxboard in Jonquière, Norampac in Cabano and the facilities in Kingsey Falls joined Hydro-Québec's network.

According to the company, the EcoElectric network comprises a group of companies that are recognized for their leadership and performance in energy efficiency.

The four units will join the company’s Lupel plant in Trois-Rivières, which has been a member of the network since 2008.

Cascades GIE corporate energy director Fabien Demougeot said the recognition is part of a process of continuous improvement that will allow its other plants to become members of the network.

"Energy efficiency is one of the key objectives of our Sustainable Development Plan 2013-2015, which will be applied in all Cascades facilities," Demougeot added.

In order to reach the required level, Cascades had to reduce energy consumption by at least 5% or achieve savings of 50 GWh annually depending on the plant.

The company also needed to adopt a policy on energy efficiency and appoint a person responsible for energy efficiency.