Canada: Industry claims climate high ground

Wednesday 29 Aug 2018

 
Canadian Forestry Sector: A Success Story in Clean Tech – The Canadian forestry sector has become a leader in clean energy and clean tech, both in industry and communities it serves. The industry has already met the 2016 Paris Agreement target of reducing GHG emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Derek Nighbor, head of the Canadian Forest Products Association, tells a Canadian success story: For more than three decades, the Canadian forest products sector has been a leader in the innovation, development, and utilization of clean technologies—and in doing so, has positioned itself at the forefront of energy change that benefits the environment and the economy.

The pulp and paper sector began showing signs of success in reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the 1990s. Throughout the 2000s, some 30 facilities across the country were upgrading their energy systems to produce green electricity from biomass.

Today, enough electricity is produced across the Canadian forest products sector to power the city of Vancouver for an entire year. Over the course of this transformation, the sector has cut its GHGs by approximately 67 per cent.

The industry has continued to gain momentum by advancing its clean energy agenda with a total investment of more than $2 billion in innovation development.

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Source: Canadian Forest Products Association


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