TVA Highlights Resolute Forest Products for Environmental Excellence

Resolute Forest Products locations in Calhoun, Tenn., and Grenada, Miss., were recognized recently by TVA for significantly lowering their carbon emission rates in calendar year 2016.

During a recent ceremony, TVA welcomed Resolute Calhoun, into the Leadership Circle 2018 presenting them with the Carbon Reduction Award for efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.

Aerial view of Resolute Forest Products in Calhoun, Tenn.

TVA first began providing directly-served customers with their own specific, as-delivered carbon emission rates in 2013 and, today, offers two awards for environmental excellence in the Valley: 1) Leadership Circle, which recognizes the lowest emission rates in a year; and 2) Most Improved, for directly-served customers who improved the most year-over-year on mass of reduction. TVA is the only utility to offer this type of award.

Gary Harris, TVA vice president of Industrial Marketing & Services, says, “When we looked at the data, we saw companies who had made exceptional efforts to reduce carbon emissions and who, like TVA, care for the environment and are taking meaningful steps to reduce their carbon emissions each year. We wanted to recognize those companies for their commitment to improving the environment.”

Scott Palmer, general manager of the Resolute Calhoun operation, said the company challenges “all 550 employees to be mindful of the responsibility we have to the communities that surround us. Employees are expected to work safely and meet or exceed expectations for outstanding environmental performance, exhibited by the recognition we’re receiving from TVA.”

Resolute Forest Products President and Chief Executive Officer Yves Laflamme says the Calhoun team also is focused on continuously improving processes and products.

“The increasing demand for lower-carbon products and processes drives us to identify opportunities to operate more efficiently and with less impact on our surrounding communities,” states Laflamme. “The continuous effort by our employees at the Calhoun mill to exceed safety and environmental thresholds support our commitment to sustainability.”

Resolute Grenada also was welcomed into the Leadership Circle 2018 in August.

“Safety and environmental excellence are Resolute’s core values,” says Resolute Grenada General Manager Rob Wise. “We must continually reduce our impact on the environment because our community is not just where our mill is located, but it’s where our employees, contractors and their families work and play.”

Wise continues, “I would like to thank TVA for being a valued partner and working with our mill to reach our goa. Our relationship and their relentless desire to support manufacturing is why we are here today.”