Sizeable Assets for a Green EconomyOur forests provide assets that are invaluable. Thanks to its renewable aspect and the ecological virtues of its recyclable, reusable products, the wood industry is truly a sector of the future. At the “Rio+ 20” Conference, the United Nations Environment Program underscored the importance of the forest industry in a green economy1.
High-Calibre Forest ManagementQuébec’s renewed forest regime, in force since April 1, 2013, is based on the highest standards of sustainable forest management. Itincludes a variety of means to ensure sustainable forestry, including ecosystem-based management founded on the latest scientific information. The forest regime also leaves plenty of room for forest sector stakeholders and the general public to express their views, and consolidates Québec’s place as an ecological supplier of wood. So far, approximately 90% of the public forest under management (an area of roughly 33 million hectares2, nearly equivalent in size to Germany), is certified. Of this area, approximately 22 million hectares are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and 18 million hectares by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Certification provides additional recognition of the quality of forest management in Québec. Sustainable forest management also helps mitigate the impacts of climate change. Growing forests absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas in the air, and store carbon in the wood. Roughly 50% of every tree is composed of carbon, which makes it a veritable carbon trap.
In Québec, approximately 90% of the managed public forest, an area of 33 million hectares, is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Sustainable Forestry initiative (SFI).
- Towards a Green Economy – Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication – Summary for Decision-Makers, February 2011, United Nations Environment Program.
- Depending on the legal size of management units on public forest lands.
Wood: A Material of TomorrowWood is the only material derived from a renewable source. It is organic, biodegradable and easy to recycle. Wood products obtained from sustainably managed forests also offer additional benefits in the fight against climate change, due to their ability to store carbon. When these products are used instead of energy-consuming materials, their benefits for the climate are even greater. Wood products are one of the best ecological choices, not only with respect to CO2 emissions, but also for energy and water use. Wood is truly a winning choice from an environmental standpoint. Wood also has clear environmental advantages over fossil fuels as an energy source for vehicles and buildings.
Wood is the only material derived from a renewable source. It is organic, biodegradable and easy to recycle.