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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2002
Contact: Doug Pryke
519-855-4979
E-mail: info@aet.org

Elemental Chlorine-Free (ECF) Pulp Production Surges in 2001
-- Environmental and Product Performance Leads to 17% Production Increase --

(WASHINGTON, May 7, 2002) - For the 11th year in a row Elemental Chlorine-Free (ECF) Pulp increased its share of the world bleached chemical pulp market. The 75% market share ECF pulp captured in 2001, up from 67% in 2000, is further evidence of the growing consensus that ECF is the best available bleaching technology for chemical pulps. The growth for ECF is documented in "Trends in World Bleached Pulp Production: 1990 - 2001," an annual report released today by the Alliance for Environmental Technology (AET).

"The global transition to ECF is nearing completion," said Douglas C. Pryke, Executive Director of AET. "In North America the conversion to ECF is now essentially finished," Pryke noted recognizing the U.S. pulp and paper industry's move to comply with the EPA Cluster Rules.

International recognition of ECF continues to mount. As testimony to its superior environmental performance, in 2000, the European Community chose ECF as a component for Best Available Technology (BAT) in its Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) reference document for the pulp and paper industry.

The report documents yearly pulp production data since 1990 for ECF, TCF (Totally Chlorine-Free), and conventionally bleached pulp. As documented, ECF pulp production grew to more than 63 million tonnes worldwide in 2001, a 17% increase over 2000. The small niche TCF market remained at 5% for the 7th year in a row.

"The growing market share is sending a clear message. When values such a price, performance and overall environmental integrity are considered, the technology decision is ECF," said Pryke.

The Alliance for Environmental Technology is an international association of chemical manufacturers dedicated to improving the environmental performance of the pulp and paper industry. A full text version of the report is available by contacting AET at 1-(800)-999-PULP or online at AET's web site at www.aet.org.

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