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Canada’s forest industry outdoes competitors in environmental credentials

May 06 2015

OTTAWA, May 5, 2015 /CNW/ -

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased that the Canadian forest sector continues to score well in comparison to other countries in the most recent international sustainability report.

The 2015 report by the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) shows that global sustainability is improving and that Canada is doing especially well.

The report notes that Canada has 161 million hectares of certified forest, by far the most in the world with more than 40% of the global total. Certification is an independent assessment that a company follows sustainable forest management practices. The international report also mentions the importance of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, the world's largest conservation agreement, which sets a world precedent for boreal forest preservation and forest sector competitiveness.

Canada's forest sector continued to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and has cut its GHG intensity by 20% since 2008 while the average in the rest of the world was a 17% drop since 2004, a longer time period. 

Another measure shows that Canada has a 70% recycling rate, higher than the global average of 58%. Canada is also a global leader in waste to landfill with 98% of wood residue in 2013 being used for either energy generation or composting. 

"This report is the yet another indication of the impressive world-leading environmental credentials of Canada's forest products industry," says the President and CEO of FPAC, David. Lindsay. "However we are not resting on our laurels but are on a journey of continual improvement."

The ICFPA report notes how the Canadian forest sector's Vision2020 has set the goal of a further 35% decrease in the environmental footprint of the industry by the end of the decade.

** http://www.icfpa.org/uploads/Modules/Publications/2015-icfpa-sustainability-progress-report.pdf

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