Archives: Case Studies

Harbour Airplane flying over Vancouver

GHG Inventory & Reduction Plan

BC-based Harbour Air is the largest all-seaplane company in the world and a champion for action on climate change. Recognizing the impact that aviation has on the climate, Harbour Air was the first airline in North America to achieve carbon neutrality – and the only airline in the world to maintain carbon neutral status for over 14 years. Harbour Air partnered with Ostrom Climate in 2007 to understand their emissions, work to reduce them and offset the balance, making them a global leader in the fight to decrease emissions from aviation.

5 Fuel Switch Projects

Canfor implemented five Sawmill Fuel Switch Projects that reduced GHG emissions from natural gas consumption at commercial sawmills through the operation of a heat-energy system that utilizes residual biomass feedstock. The projects were impleted at the Elko, Fort St. John, Mackenzie, Prince George, and Chetwynd Sawmills. Carbon offset funds enabled the sawmills to install a system that uses the waste product from the mill’s operations to create energy.

Great Bear Rainforest, trees and water reflection

Great Bear Forest Carbon Project

The Haida Gwaii and North and Central-Mid Coast Projects are two sub-projects of the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project. The HG Project area covers approximately 1 million hectares and the NCC project covers about 4 million. All are Improved Forest Management Projects that resulted from changes in land use management in the area. The North and Central Mid-Coast area is home to coastal wolves, grizzly bears, black bears and spirit bears (white black bears endemic to the region), and many different species of salmon. HG, however, does not have grizzly bears or spirit bears (they do have black bears). It has led to a reduction of 85% of harvesting in the Great Bear Rainforest.