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Forest sector welcomes Natural Resource Canada’s clean growth program


November 22, 2017
By P&PC Staff

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Nov. 22, 2017 – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and FPInnovations are applauding Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Growth Program launched Monday in Ottawa.

The $155-million program will fund clean technology projects, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve environmental performance in the natural resources sector.

The Clean Growth Program covers five areas: reducing greenhouse gas and air emissions from natural resources operations; minimizing landscape disturbances and improving waste management in natural resource operations; the production and use of advanced materials and bioproducts in natural resource operations; efficient energy use and productivity in natural resource operations; and reducing water use and impacts on aquatic ecosystems from natural resource operations.

“The forest sector has been a long-time supporter of clean technology research and the significant environmental improvements it has made over the past 20 years are proof of the success of this approach,” said Pierre Lapointe, FPInnovations president and CEO. “FPInnovations looks forward to continuing collaborations with publicly funded researchers, research centres, and Provincial and Territorial Governments to develop a made-in-Canada bioeconomy based on sustainable healthy forests and a future-thinking forest sector.”

Canada’s forest products sector was the first major Canadian industry to commit to helping the Government of Canada meet its carbon reduction goals. In 2016, the sector launched the 30 X 30 Climate Change Challenge, pledging to remove 30MT of C02 per year by 2030 – 13 per cent of the government’s goal.

“The Clean Growth Program will provide much needed support to forest product companies working hard to mitigate climate change,” said Derek Nighbor, chief executive officer of FPAC. “We are a sustainable industry committed to doing our part to take care of the environment for generations to come.”