Study Shows Forest Products Mitigate Climate Change
November 19, 2015 | 11:38 pm CST
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OTTAWA - The Canadian Climate Forum has issued a study that documents how forests and products made from tree fiber will play an increasingly critical role in the transition to a low carbon economy.
 
The study "Contributing to Climate Change Solutions" authored by scientist Dr. Stephen Colombo was released today at an event sponsored by FPAC.
 
The paper explains how forests and trees play a dual role in mitigating climate change.  Forests store vast amounts of carbon, a greenhouse gas responsible for climate change. Canadian forests absorbed 150 million tonnes of CO2 from the air in 2013, more than all of Canada's emissions from cars and trucks in the same year.  Trees also provide a sustainable supply of raw materials for products that have lower carbon footprints than their alternatives. About 39 million tonnes of carbon are stored in wood products harvested from Canadian managed forests in 2013. 
 
"The carbon forests sequester from the atmosphere is increasingly important given the risks climate change poses to Canada and the rest of the world." says Colombo. "Sustainably managed Canadian forests and products made from trees can contribute to the critically important objective of reducing global warming."
 
"We are delighted to see this paper confirm how our renewable forests can play a role in mitigating climate change," says David Lindsay, the President and CEO of FPAC. "The fact that products made from wood and tree fibre are also preferable from the perspective of carbon means our sector can help in the transition to a low carbon economy while also contributing to jobs and economic growth."  Forest products include traditional lumber and paper but also new innovative products such as car parts, green chemicals, and advanced construction systems.
 
The paper also notes that climate change is having a direct impact on Canadian forests with increasing forest fires and more devastating insect outbreaks such as the mountain pine beetle.
 
"Adapting to climate change through best practices in forest management to increase forest resilience can also be a long term investment in reducing atmospheric CO2," says Colombo. "We need a partnership between the forest industry, local communities, Aboriginal communities, environmentalists and all levels of government to explore evolving practices of sustainable forest management."
 
"What happens to the large carbon sinks in Canada's forests and to Canada's forest industry will have global consequences for climate change and its mitigation."
 
The report can be read at: www.fpac.ca/climatesolutions
 
 
 
 
SOURCE Forest Products Association of Canada

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