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January 12, 2000
Douglas Pryke
(519) 855-4979

Elemental Chlorine-Free (ECF) Pulp Continues to Dominate Bleached Chemical Pulp Markets Around the World
Environmental and Product Performance Leads to 15% Production Increase in 1999

(WASHINGTON, January 12, 2000) - For the 9th year in a row Elemental Chlorine-Free (ECF) Pulp increased its share of the world bleached chemical pulp market. The 62% market share ECF pulp captured in 1999, up from 54% in 1998, is further evidence of a growing global consensus that ECF is the best available technology. The growth for ECF is documented in "Trends in World Bleached Pulp Production: 1990 - 1999," an annual report released today by the Alliance for Environmental Technology (AET).

"The continued increase in market share for ECF further confirms that ECF is a high quality, environmentally sound and cost-effective bleaching process. Put simply-ECF is the best pulp production process there is on the market," said Douglas C. Pryke, Executive Director of AET.

As testimony to its superior environmental performance, in 1998, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chose ECF as the basis for Best Available Technology (BAT) in its Cluster Rule 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 48.5 million tonnes worldwide in 1999, a 15% increase over 1998. The TCF market remained at 6% for the fifth year in a row.

"As the international pulp and paper industry moves beyond debating a single manufacturing attribute, traditional values such a price, performance and overall environmental integrity determine manufacturing and purchasing decisions-ECF is well positioned for the future," said Pryke.

The Alliance for Environmental Technology is an international association of forest product companies and 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.