Published on : Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is underscoring the crucial role played by the forest sector in mitigating climate change. This comes as the 2015 United Nation’s International Day of Forests on March 21st focuses on the theme of “Forests and Climate Change.”
‘The Canadian forest products industry is part of the solution to the problem of climate change,” says David Lindsay, President and CEO of FPAC. “Our vast renewable forest resource and the actions of our forest companies are truly making a difference to this crucial issue.” He further added.
Trees absorb the carbon-di-oxide (CO2) that causes climate change. The forest sector also reduces dependence on fuel fossils by using residuals and byproducts to produce renewable energy. In addition, forest products such as biomaterials and bio-chemicals store CO2 and can replace products made from materials with a heavier carbon footprint. The storage can also be prolonged through recycling.
“All harvested trees in Canada are regrown ensuring forests will be there in the future to continue absorbing carbon,” says Lindsay. “It’s also exciting to see how wood fibre is being used in new innovative bio-products that also contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.” he added.