The pulp mill will use between 3.8 million to 4.5 million tonnes of plantation woodchips each year.
The pulp mill will be supplied with 100 per cent eucalypt plantation fibre from Gunns’ existing eucalypt plantations. Approximately 80% of the fibre will be sourced from Tasmanian plantations, with additional resource from Gunns’ plantations on mainland Australia.
Absolutely no wood from native forests will be used in the mill.
Plantation fibre offers many benefits, in particular the ability to use the ECF-light bleaching technology and provide greater stability of the manufacturing process.
Plantations are currently undergoing certification of responsible management through Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
FSC certified product is requested by many of Gunns’ customers.
The FSC certification process, which will take at least 18 months, involves rigorous independent audits and a fully transparent stakeholder engagement process.
Plantations are already certified under the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC) and the Australian Forestry Standard.
Existing eucalypt plantations are located predominately in northern Tasmania with the balance in the SE of the state. Mainland plantations are located within the Green Triangle region of Victoria/South Australia and in SW Western Australia.