On Monday, May 2, 2016 the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), a signatory to the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, issued a 30 by 30 climate change challenge, to reduce emissions by a further 30 megatonnes of CO2 a year by 2030. This challenge makes the forest sector the first to voluntarily contribute to the federal government’s climate goals. Canada has signed the Paris agreement on climate change and is promising to reduce emissions by at least 30%, the equivalent of cutting 225 MT of CO2 a year by 2030 and FPAC’s pledge is more than 13% of this emissions overall reduction target.
Forest Products Association of Canada’s colleagues in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) congratulate FPAC and are eager to work together as they develop a detailed implementation roadmap. FPAC’s pledge fully aligns with the CBFA’s Goal 4 commitment of reducing greenhouse gas emissions along the full life cycle from forest to end-of-product life. The CBFA climate change working group (Goal 4), comprised of environmental and industry signatories, are building a detailed understanding of how current and future CBFA outcomes have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Aran O’Carroll, Executive Director of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement welcomes this agreement saying, “Not only are forests and forestry an important part of Canada’s potential emissions reductions but forests are also highly at risk due to climate change. In facing this challenge, just as they took a leadership role in forming and signing on to the CBFA, once again FPAC is leading the way, providing a model for other sectors “.