The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), representing 21 major companies, has announced plans to maintain what it calls the world's best forest management standards, beginning with 72 million hectares of public forests licensed to FPAC members. The forest products sector, which has experienced a significant revenue drop in recent years and the closure of more than 200 mills across the country, has been under pressure from major purchasers, including Office Depot and Rona, to improve its practices.
553 Enviromation in respect of emissions from passenger cars and trucks. The Energy Supplies Assessed federal government has made several additional invest- ments to further strategic research and development to Prime Minister Harper’s description of Canada in improve the environmental impacts arising from the Cana- July 2006 as an ‘‘emerging energy superpower’’ seems to dian automotive industry. be borne out by the recent release of two independent reports. In one, the Calgary-based Canadian Society for In the next few months, the federal government will be Unconventional Gas (CSUG) says Canada has enough nat- working with the heavy-duty trucking industry, including ural gas to maintain current production levels well into the manufacturers and users, to develop the regulations. A next century. In the other, Massachusetts-based Cambridge consultation draft of the regulations is expected to be avail- Energy Research Associates (CERA) concludes that despite able for comment from industry, stakeholders, and the environmental and economic challenges, Canada’s oil public this fall, with final regulations expected to be imple- sands could account for more than a third of U.S. petro- mented between the 2014 and 2018 model years. leum supply within two decades. The CSUG report states that of proven reserves of some 4,000 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas, Forest Sector Going Green 700–1,300 tfc are considered economically recoverable. That represents 269–500 years of reserves at current annual The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), rep- domestic consumption rates of 2.6 tcf. However, a roughly resenting 21 major companies, has announced plans to equivalent volume is exported annually to the United maintain what it calls the world’s best forest management States, which would roughly halve that time frame. ‘‘The standards, beginning with 72 million hectares of public for- magnitude of these numbers may blow you away’’, CSUG ests licensed to FPAC members. Its new program includes President Mike Dawson said in presenting the data to an the suspension of logging on 29 million hectares of boreal industry audience. ‘‘We have an awful lot of natural gas forest and other conservation measures, such as recovery potential lying within the country.’’ plans for endangered caribou herds. In return, a coalition of nine environmental lobbies, including Greenpeace The apparent abundance of natural gas — significant Canada and Forest Ethics, have agreed to lift their additional reserves are expected to be found in the Arctic long-running boycott campaigns against FPAC members. and offshore regions — bolsters industry arguments in favour of using gas to supplant coal and oil for electrical generation and as a truck fuel. Mr. Dawson said that con- The forest p
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