New Green Plan Fails to Substantially Recognize Early Action- Punishes Proactive Industries, says Forest Products Industry



    
            -- Canada's Forest Products Industry has Already Reduced
                Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 54% since 1990 --
    

    OTTAWA, April 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Forest Products Association of Canada
(FPAC), representing Canada's largest industrial producer of renewable energy,
today criticized the Government's 2007 Regulatory Framework for Industrial Air
Emissions for not doing enough to provide credit for early action taken by
some sectors on greenhouse gas emissions.
    "The Plan's credit for those industries who have acted early to reduce
their greenhouse gas emissions is simply inadequate," said Avrim Lazar,
President and CEO of FPAC. "Since 1990 our industry has already reduced
emissions by 54% on an intensity basis. Asking for another 18% by 2010 on top
of that without proper recognition of what has already been done is simply
unrealistic. It also sends a message to good corporate citizens that
environmental responsibility is not recognized and is indeed penalized by
making it more advantageous to wait for regulation."
    "FPAC members did not wait to be regulated, deciding instead to move
early on climate change and clean air because they made sense from both an
environmental and a competitiveness perspective," continued Lazar. "The
industry has already made significant environmental improvements since 1990
primarily as a result of massive retooling, reinventing its energy model by
switching from fossil fuels to clean, renewable biomass energy and
transforming itself from one of Canada's largest industrial energy users
towards its ultimate goal of being a net source of green power."
    Over the past decade, the industry has invested in facility upgrades and
innovative processes in a continued effort to improve its environmental
performance, limit its impact on climate change, and enhance its global
competitiveness. Since 1990, FPAC members have not only reduced their
greenhouse gas emissions by 44% (7 times Kyoto baseline targets without the
use of offsets), they have done so while increasing production by 20%,
improving intensity per tonne of output by 54%, improving air quality by 60%,
reducing consumption of fossil fuels by 45%, reducing what they send to
landfill by 40%, and they are ready to do more.

    FPAC is the voice of Canada's wood, pulp and paper producers nationally
and internationally in government, trade and environmental affairs. Canada's
forest industry is an $80 billion dollar a year industry that represents 3% of
Canada's GDP. The industry is one of Canada's largest employers, operating in
over 320 Canadian communities and providing nearly 900,000 direct and indirect
jobs across the country.




For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Des Chênes, Director, Communications,
Forest Products Association of Canada, (613) 563-1441 ext: 323, cell: (613)
853-2938, ideschenes@fpac.ca


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