Toundra Greenhouse is a $100 million cucumber- growing complex adjacent to Resolute Forest Products’ Saint-Félicien pulp mill in Quebec. Toundra Greenhouse was officially formed in 2014 as a partnership between Resolute, the city of Saint- Félicien and local investors, with more than 50 Saguenay- Lac-Saint-Jean businesses involved.
Resolute agreed to accommodate the Toundra Greenhouse on a 38-hectare plot adjacent to its Saint- Félicien Mill, and to provide the hot water supply for heating purposes and the process waters necessary for crop production. Resolute also entered into an agreement with CO2 Solutions to deploy enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology, capturing up to 30 metric tons of carbon dioxide per day from Resolute’s pulp mill, the greenhouse gas equivalent of removing over 2,000 cars from the road annually. That carbon dioxide will then be transported to the neighboring Toundra Greenhouse.
Toundra covers 1 million square feet, produces 45 million cucumbers annually, and employs over 100 workers. Once all four phases are completed, the greenhouse will cover 4 million square feet and create 500 jobs in the region. This project will help Resolute reach its long-term goals by allowing the mill to avoid emitting 11,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases annually.
Toundra Greenhouse will meet 25% of its heating needs by using heat waste from the Saint-Félicien Mill. The greenhouse could also help make Quebec a self-sufficient producer of the vegetables it consumes, reducing imports from outside the province and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.