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Mohawk Partners With Native Energy to Offset Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Cohoes, New York, USA, 30 October 2006 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. today announced that effective this month, it has partnered with NativeEnergy to offset CO2 emissions from its 2006 sales fleet and local product transport.

Mohawk calculated the mileage of its sales force and local product transportation in 2006 to be 971,000 miles, or the equivalent of 748 tons of CO2. Carbon offsets enable people and organizations to reduce their carbon footprint by allowing carbon dioxide, one of the main greenhouse gases, to be either taken out of the atmosphere or reduced in another part of the country or world.

"Mohawk has always had a strong commitment to sustainable manufacturing and being a responsible corporate citizen," said Thomas D. O'Connor, Jr., chairman and CEO. "Partnering with NativeEnergy is one more way we are building on that commitment. By offsetting our carbon outputs, in a way that brings new clean energy projects into being, we are taking responsibility for helping to combat global warming. Climate change is a major issue for everyone and we are beginning to organize many of our own sustainability initiatives around it," he said.

"Mohawk is the first U.S. paper mill dedicated to helping build truly new renewable energy projects in this manner. Without the support of Mohawk and our other clients, these distributed wind projects face significant hurdles -- high costs for the farmers, but poor chances of recovering the extra costs from the traditional REC [renewable energy credits] market, given their relatively small annual output," said Tom Boucher, president and CEO of NativeEnergy. "Our novel approach of aggregating their lifetime REC output into a single up front purchase is just the solution they need."

Mohawk invites businesses and consumers everywhere to take the same proactive approach and visit http://www.nativeenergy.com/ to offset their travel, auto, home, or business emissions by helping to build new renewable energy projects that reduce the amount of fossil fuels used to generate electricity.

About Mohawk Fine Papers

Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. is the largest manufacturer of premium printing, writing and imaging papers in the country. Mohawk engineers its papers to provide optimal performance for sheetfed, web, and digital printing. Mohawk papers are used in a wide variety of communications, including annual reports, corporate identity systems, high-end brochures, packaging, and everyday communication for businesses of all sizes and types. A leader in environmental stewardship, Mohawk is the first large-scale production facility in the United States to use nonpolluting wind energy to manufacture paper.

About NativeEnergy

American Indian majority-owned, NativeEnergy is a leading national marketer of renewable energy credits or "green tags," offering individuals and organizations a means to compensate for their global warming pollution, or to effectively power their homes and businesses with renewable energy. NativeEnergy's patent-pending business process brings upfront payment to renewable projects for their estimated future green tag output, enabling its customers to help directly finance the construction of specific new wind farms and other renewable energy projects, such as tribal wind projects and methane digesters and wind turbines on America's family dairy farms. These projects reduce our reliance on fossil fuels to meet the nation's electricity needs.

NativeEnergy also offers Green-e certified green tags from operating wind farms and Climate Neutral Network-certified offsets from operating CO2 mitigation projects. For more information, visit NativeEnergy online at http://www.nativeenergy.com/.

Source: Mohawk Fine Papers Inc.


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