Getting To Net Zero

Canada’s forestry sector has a critical role to play in helping our country reach its 2050 net-zero emissions targets. But we can’t do it alone. We need governments to invest in innovation and modernize regulations to unlock forestry’s potential to power our green economy.
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Getting To Net Zero

What's This About?

During their 2018 Conference, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change noted “that there is no future without addressing climate change, and forests are a key component to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.” 

Canada has a huge advantage as our forests and the sustainably sourced products they provide are among the most powerful tools in our global toolbox when it comes to reaching  climate targets…So long as we take action now to unlock their potential. 


What Our Governments Can do

  • By continuing to modernize the National Building Code to support Tall Wood Building projects we can reduce the carbon footprint of buildings and pollution during construction by up to 45%, while creating more affordable and environmentally friendly housing units.

  • By investing in innovation and “Made-in-Canada” research, we can increase the utility of “leftover” wood chips, bark, branches and sawdust and become a world leader in the development of the biofuels that will reduce our dependance on fossil fuels. We can also develop  bioplastic materials that provide a more biodegradable option to the number of single-use plastics flooding our landfills and oceans.  
Why this matters
By 2030, our sustainably-managed forests will have pulled the equivalent of 30 megatonnes of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere.

And they can do more. Sustainable forestry powerhouses like Finland and Sweden have already turned to forest products to accelerate their move to a lower carbon economy, and our sector is primed to do the same. Since the publication of the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers’ (CCFM) Forest Bio-economy Framework in 2018, we’ve invested more than $750 million across 90 different projects to help advance the bioeconomy. But now, for our country to meet its net zero emissions goals, we need to governments to support this shared vision and help grow our green economy. 


Case Study

Biofuels Create A New Opportunity For A Remote Canadian Community

The Teslin Tlingit Council, a remote community in Northern Canada with strong ties to the land, was considering a development project that required clearing a forested area; the cheapest option was to bulldoze the trees and burn the waste. However, the community recognized an opportunity to hire local workers to manually remove trees and use the biomass as fuel. The initiative created two years' worth of fuel for 15 community buildings and employment for several community members. 

Did You Know?

We use almost 100% of every tree we harvest, turning “wood waste” like chips, sawdust, and bark into the bioplastics, textiles, and biofuels to provide Canadians with cleaner, greener alternatives to everyday products.

Did You Know?

Nearly 60% of the Forestry sector runs on biofuels and since the early 1990s, Canada’s forest sector has reduced its GHG emissions by close to 70%. 

Did You Know?

Renowned architect Michael Green (MGA) estimates that from a carbon perspective, a single 100,000 square foot wood building would be the equivalent of taking 1410 cars off the road each year.
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Join Thousands of Canadians Calling On Their Local Representatives To Harness The Power of Our Forests To Help Us Meet Our Climate Targets!
If you support a growing green economy and want to see Canada meet its 2050 Climate Targets, take action today! Send a letter to your local MP calling on them to unlock the potential of Canada’s forests!