Friday, March 27, 2015
The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has highlighted the crucial role played by the forest sector in mitigating the hazardious climate change. EPAC announcement has come in the light of United Nation’s International Day of Forest on March 21st focuses on the theme of “Forests and Climate Change.”
EPAC said since 1990 the carbon emissions have been reduced by 70% due to dramatic reduction by pulp and paper mills of the greenhouse gas.
It also claimed “the growing contribution of biomass and renewable energy produced by Canadian mills is enough to power the city of Calgary.” They also claimed, adding that 70% recovery and recycling of wood products is the highest rates in the world.
‘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 added.
Trees absorb the carbon dioxide (CO2) that causes climate change. The forest sector also reduces dependence on fossil fuels 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. This storage can also be prolonged through recycling.