Energy

  • 75% of our total energy is renewable
    • 69% of our energy needs are met by carbon-neutral biomass sourced as a byproduct of production
    • 43% of our purchased electricity is hydroelectricity or renewables
    • 89% of our manufacturing facilities generate some form of renewable energy from wood materials that are a byproduct of our wood manufacturing activity
  • In 2018, our bioenergy generation offset the energy equivalent of 7.6 million barrels of oil (Mboe) 
  • West Fraser operates six biomass-fueled bioenergy projects in Canada that supply green power to our operations and the public power grid. Read more about our energy projects and initiatives
  • We have reduced the electrical intensity in our BCTMP mills by 28% per ADMT (air-dried metric tonne) since 2005

We have invested a significant amount of capital to increase our energy efficiency and generate electricity from our manufacturing by-products such as wood waste and pulp mill effluent. West Fraser was an early adopter of converting natural gas to biofuel sources, starting in 2000. From 2005 to 2018, our energy initiatives have resulted in a 29% decrease in the intensity of purchased energy across our solid wood operations.

2018 Carbon emissions by sourceOur pulp, paper and MDF operations use substantially more energy than our lumber and plywood operations. Our energy reduction objectives are:

  • To further increase energy efficiency throughout our operations by investing capital; and
  • To continue to research and develop alternate ways to generate or procure renewable energy.

For all our energy data, West Fraser has set the base year as 2005 for several reasons. It aligns with the GHG reporting by the Government of Canada, the International Paris Agreement, and industry reporting related to our commitment to the Forest Product’s Association of Canada’s 30 by 30 climate change challenge. 2005 also more accurately reflects the historical change for West Fraser given the facilities acquired over our business history.

More information about our energy approach is also available on our website under the Bioenergy section and within the Air & GHG’s page in the Responsibility section.

For all energy data below, facilities not wholly-owned by West Fraser are calculated based on an equity share of the energy inputs to the facility. To date, all partnerships are 50%.  West Fraser’s energy reporting software uses conversion factors from the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Emission Factors for Greenhouse Inventories for our US operations, and the conversion factors from the Statistics Canada’s Report on Energy Supply and Demand in Canada (57-003-X)” for facilities located in Canada.