Canfor is committed to continuous improvement in the environmental sustainability of our manufacturing processes. We consider energy efficiency, air and effluent emissions, waste volumes, and greenhouse gas emissions in assessing the sustainability of our sawmill and pulp mill operations.
Environmental Management Systems
Canfor employs environmental management systems at all our facilities that are based on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Environmental Management Standard 14001 framework. Through this process we identify and rank the likelihood of potential impacts on the environment as a result of our activities and ensure our operations put appropriate systems in place to manage those risks. Our wood products facilities are audited every three years against our environmental management system requirements and the ISO 14001 standard, as well as for compliance against regulatory requirements, principles of due diligence and good industry environmental practice.
Our thermal heat energy systems use bark and in some cases planer shaving wood residuals generated from the manufacturing process to dry lumber and provide mill heat. By creating energy from the by-products of lumber processing, installation of these systems significantly reduces or eliminates our reliance on natural gas, decreases our greenhouse gas emissions, improves air quality, reduces our mill conversion costs and improve utilization of wood fibre.
In total, six of our mills have been recently upgraded (2007 – 2011) to improve utilization of wood residuals and reduce the use of natural gas as an energy source. In addition to using renewable biomass to supply heat energy for our mills, the recently purchased Canfor Green Energy biomass cogeneration facility in Grand Prairie provides renewable heat and electricity for our Grande Prairie sawmill and sells renewable electricity to the Alberta grid.
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