Continuing our Tradition of Lowering Emissions
Canfor Pulp has invested heavily to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at mill operations, all the while maintaining or increasing levels of production. A culture of continuous improvement has played a role in these achievements. At all three mills there has been an ongoing effort to increase the use of carbon-neutral biofuels in the form of “hog” fuel. This has led directly to a significantly reduced dependence on natural gas and other fossil fuels. There have been a number of boiler and energy cogeneration capital projects through the past decade that have directly reduced GHG emissions and increased production of renewable electricity, some of which is used internally and some of which is for sale externally as renewable electricity or environmental attributes sold as renewable electricity credits. In the table below we use 1990 as the reference year as this was the baseline year defined in the Kyoto Protocol. The Canadian commitment under Kyoto was to achieve a reduction of 6% in the absolute level of the country’s 1990 GHG emissions by 2012. As the table shows, Canfor Pulp has been successful in achieving GHG emissions reductions that far exceed the Kyoto target. The Canadian forest products industry as a whole has been able to make similar levels of GHG reduction, contributing significantly to Canada’s overall GHG reduction efforts.
2000 Greenhouse Gas Report