- Since 2005, West Fraser’s solid wood operations (40 of the Company’s 45 facilities) have reduced purchased energy intensity by 19.2%, and fossil fuel consumption by 31%
- 89% of our manufacturing facilities generate some form of renewable energy from wood materials that are a byproduct of manufacturing activity
Approach to Energy
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 2019, our energy initiatives have resulted in a 19% decrease in the intensity of purchased energy across our solid wood operations.
Our energy reduction objectives are:
- To further increase energy efficiency throughout our operations by investing capital;
- Optimize available biomass from wood processing to use as a renewable fuel source, and
- To continue to research and develop alternative ways to generate or procure renewable energy.
Pulp, paper and MDF operations use substantially more energy than our lumber and plywood operations and thereby have a greater impact on total energy consumption. Energy reporting provides summarized enterprise data and further segmentation by solid wood operations (41 mills) separate from pulp and paper facilities (5 facilities).
West Fraser’s base comparison year is 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.
For all energy data, 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.