Alberta’s forest industry a key part of climate change strategy
Edmonton, May 2, 2016 – The Alberta Forest Products Association applauds today’s announcement by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) that Canada’s forest companies have committed to eliminating 30 megatonnes of carbon emissions by 2030.
The Canadian Forest Industry is Pledging to Remove 30MT of CO2 by 2030 – More than 13% of the Government of Canada’s Emissions Target.
– Forest Products Association of Canada media release
“The forest sector, in Alberta and across Canada, has always been a leader in environmental stewardship and innovative practices,” said AFPA President and CEO Paul Whittaker. “We’ve seen companies both big and small invest in ways to make their manufacturing processes more efficient, reduce emissions, and use less water and electricity. We are pleased that companies operating in Alberta are part of a Canada-wide effort to green our economy.”
Whittaker also noted that the forest industry is an integral part of Alberta’s efforts to diversify its economy and shift to lower carbon development. “Our industry benefits the environment from a number of standpoints because we harvest a resource that is entirely renewable. As stewards of Alberta’s forests, we also manage one of the best natural defenses against climate change. Finally, natural wood products are far less energy-intensive than other building materials and have tremendous carbon savings.”
The Alberta Forest Products Association is a private, non-profit industry organization, representing lumber, panelboard, pulp and paper, and secondary manufacturing wood products companies operating in Alberta. AFPA member companies are active participants in sustainability advancements that contribute economic, environmental, and social benefits for Albertans.
Facts About Alberta’s Forest Sector and Climate Change
- Alberta’s forests cover 38 million hectares, an area approximately the same size as Japan.
- The forest industry generates 320 megawatts of power – enough to power 4 cities the size of Grande Prairie. Since residuals like bark and sawdust are used to create power, no additional trees are harvested.
- By using wood for six infrastructure projects, instead of other materials, the City of Edmonton was able to prevent the emission of the same amount of carbon that 2152 cars create in a year of typical driving.
- Canada has more third-party certified forests than any other country in the world, including millions of hectares in Alberta. Third-party certification requires a commitment to sustainable production, conservation of animal habitat and water, and public consultation.