New Sustainable Forestry Challenge Launched with CMPC and Foresight

May 13, 2024

May 13, 2024: CMPC, one of the leading global pulp and paper companies, in collaboration with Foresight Canada, is seeking innovative solutions to further refine their harvesting and transport operations through the CMPC Understanding Our Trees Challenge. This innovation challenge aims to set the new standard for the way moisture and density are measured for trees, logs, chips, and biomass, aiming to drive sustainability and efficiency in forestry practices.

Understanding the moisture content of trees and logs allows pulp and paper manufacturers like CMPC to make better decisions about wood supply, from forests to mills. Improving moisture and density measurement capabilities will further refine CMPC’s harvesting and transport operations, which are key to a more efficient and sustainable pulp and paper manufacturing process.

With 54 industrial plants spanning 9 countries, CMPC recognizes the critical importance of accurately assessing wood moisture content and density throughout the supply chain. 

Commitment to sustainability and preserving the environment defines CMPC. As a global leader, we are part of a new era that challenges companies and citizens to move from a linear to a circular economy. We already are a referent in the Pulp & Paper sector, but we want to do more. This challenge will allow us to make better decisions regarding our wood supply, further refining our harvesting and transport operations. Accurately measuring wood’s moisture and density is critical to an even more efficient and sustainable pulp and paper manufacturing process. We are looking forward to seeing the proposed solutions that will bring us closer to our 2030 strategic goals.

Sebastián Corthorn Open Innovation Leader, CMPC

"The Understanding Our Trees challenge with CMPC is a reminder of the profound impact innovation can have on shaping a more profitable, competitive, and sustainable future for our vital industries and planet. At Foresight, we believe in the power of partnership and technology to drive positive change. By connecting innovators and industry leaders like CMPC, we can drive more efficient and environmentally-conscious forestry practices. Together, we are charting a course towards a more resilient future for generations to come."

Jeanette Jackson Chief Executive Officer, Foresight Canada

CMPC Understanding Our Trees Challenge invites innovators to submit solutions that can accurately measure moisture with less than 5% error, reduce log rejections in wood mills, and decrease CO2e emissions during log transportation. Successful solutions will be invited to present a pilot proposal to CMPC, with the potential to scale across all CMPC productions.

Ideal solutions should be cost-competitive, scalable across CMPC productions, mobile for use in forest environments, resistant to various climate conditions, and capable of data connectivity through cloud-based systems.

Next Steps for Innovators

CMPC Understanding Our Trees Challenge offers an unprecedented opportunity for innovators to drive positive change in the forestry industry and contribute to a more sustainable future. For more information and to participate, please visit the challenge website, or register for the Challenge Webinar on June 11, 9:00 PT / 12:00 ET.

Once innovators feel they have a solution to offer CMPC, they can apply here.

The CMPC Understanding Our Trees Challenge is in partnership with Foresight Canada and CMPC. 

About CMPC:

CMPC produces and commercializes products based on pulp, paper, wood, and tissue. The company was born in 1920 with the production of papers and cardboards, and today commercializes its products through its three main businesses: Pulp, Biopackaging and Softys, reaching more than 25,000 direct clients around the world.

CMPC has 54 industrial plants in nine countries in America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, the United States, and Uruguay. Its worldwide presence reaches 12 countries, including three commercial offices in the USA, Germany, and China; and an innovation office in Finland.

Their corporate purpose  —We make natural fibers for a better future.—, is integral to the company's way of doing business and guides its actions and operations towards a sustainable future on a day-to-day basis.

About Foresight Canada:

Foresight is Canada’s largest cleantech innovation and adoption accelerator. Foresight supports the identification and validation of cleantech opportunities and the successful commercialization of solutions. We bring together industry, government, academia, investors, and innovators to address today’s most urgent climate issues and support a global transition to a green economy. 

Media Contacts

Foresight Canada:
Michelle Pavlik
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