Climate Action

Sustainability is the central principle upon which our business is predicated. From climate-smart, ecosystem-based forest management, through responsible procurement in the value chain, to the resourceful use of materials to produce sustainable products.

Within the carbon cycle and for climate change mitigation, wood products have three beneficial roles: as a store of carbon, as an alternative to fossil fuel-based materials, and for generating carbon-neutral energy. West Fraser’s operations have the opportunity to contribute to climate change mitigation by capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) in forests, storing it in the products we make, generating renewable energy and providing renewable alternatives to carbon-intensive materials.

We support national and international collaborative action and policies to combat climate change, including recognizing the sequestration and storage of carbon through productive, sustainably managed forests and market-based approaches to carbon pricing. West Fraser has also reported publicly to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Climate Change section for 2021.

Reflecting the recommendations of the Task Force for Climate-Financial Disclosure (TCFD), West Fraser provides the following information about our strategic approach, risks, opportunities and performance related to climate change.



External Memberships & Initiatives

  • Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)’s 30 by 30 Climate Change Challenge, West Fraser is committed to a sector initiative to remove 30 megatonnes (MT) of CO2 per year by 2030 —13% of the Canadian government’s emissions target.
  • West Fraser is a member of both the American Wood Council and Canadian Wood Council, which seek to expand market access and increase demand for wood products by contributing to the development of sound public policies, codes, and regulations which allow for the appropriate and responsible manufacture and use of wood products. They provide technical and knowledge transfer services relating to building codes, standards and regulations.
  •  American Forest & Paper Association, the national trade association of the paper and wood products industry and advances public policies that promote a strong and sustainable U.S. forest products industry in the global marketplace.