Air & GHGs

We all want to breathe clean air.

Over the last decade, West Fraser has made significant investments in upgrading our operations to improve the technology we use to improve the air quality coming from our operations and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Fossil fuels are one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. Since 2000, West Fraser has significantly reduced our greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by more than 181,000 tonnes annually – that is roughly equivalent to annual GHG emissions of 138,000 passenger vehicles. In 2016, West Fraser signed on to the “30 by 30” Climate Change Challenge, pledging to contribute to an industry-wide effort to help Canada move to a low-carbon economy by removing 30 megatonnes (MT) of CO2 per year by 2030 — more than 13% of the Canadian government’s emissions target.

Our achievements are a result of focused efforts to upgrade to more energy efficient technologies, and better utilization of resources like heat, steam and other energy created during the manufacturing process. This energy is re-routed for use in other areas of the production process, and greatly reduces the overall energy consumption of our operations.  The Company has also greatly increased the use of wood residuals such as sawdust, bark and other by-products of production (called "biomass") to produce energy, and is building a significant portfolio of these bio-energy projects.

For some time, our U.S. operations have used biomass energy to generate steam for the lumber drying process. As a result, our U.S. mills are relatively low emitters of greenhouse gases. However, the Company continues to fine tune these energy systems and is exploring new investments to gain kiln energy efficiencies to further reduce GHG's.

In our pulp and panel operations the Company monitors all plant emissions carefully. Our operations use a variety of technologies such as filters, scrubbers and electrostatic precipitators (ESPs), which remove particulates prior to releasing air into the atmosphere, to ensure the emissions from our sites are not only compliant, but are well within environmental standards. 

Other Carbon Reporting

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) —West Fraser discloses to CDP, which provides a system to measure, disclose, manage and share environmental information