Category: Offset Project Development

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.

Great Bear Rainforest, trees and water reflection

Great Bear – South Central Coast

Great Bear is a BC-based forest carbon project that covers 55,000 hectares. It was validated and verified to VCS standard in 2011. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) used carbon finance to protect the area and protect it from being aggressively logged.