B.C. Forestry: Strong and Sustainable

B.C. Forestry: Strong and Sustainable

April 11, 2018 Posted by Abby Pollen

Forestry is an important sector in British Columbia. It accounted for 32% ($14.2 billion) of B.C.’s total exports for 2017, and is the primary employer in many parts of the province. Forestry-related activities directly support over 7,000 businesses and employ nearly 60,000 people. With so many of our citizens relying either directly or indirectly on the sector, there’s a collective understanding that we need to ensure the future of the forestry industry. It’s what has pushed us to become globally recognized for sustainable forest management practices and educational programs.

TimberWest recently received the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) Bronze certification under the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program. TimberWest is committed to the prosperity of the communities tied to British Columbia’s forests. The PAR framework evaluates companies on leadership actions, employment, business development, and community relationships. B.C. forestry is comprised of companies with the foresight to preserve the resources and people that sustain them.

The sector is also a leader in wood innovation. Wood Innovates BC profiles the latest B.C. expertise, wood design resources, and events and workshops, to encourage exchange on technological developments, research, building and manufacturing efficiencies and innovations. They have a selection of featured tools for promoting and facilitating green building, and collaborate with partners to promote educational opportunities for development in wood construction.  The Canada Green Building Council is a not-for-profit, national organization that has been working since 2002 to advance green building and sustainable community development practices in Canada. They oversee the LEED green building rating system and support the WELL Building Standard and GRESB (Green Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) in Canada.

Buildings generate over 30 per cent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions attributed to heating, cooling and lighting, and another 10-15 per cent in building materials, so green building applications play a significant role in helping Canada meet its climate change commitments. It’s also an economic driver, as investors seek to support green operations, which in turn leads to job creation and revenue. As of 2015, LEED buildings had eliminated over 1.2 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, diverted over 1.5 million tonnes of waste from landfill, and saved 12.8 billion litres of water annually.

B.C. Forestry Innovation Investment has produced key forestry sector data and stats covering employment, exports, value-added products and more. If you are interested in learning more about the forestry sector in British Columbia, you can read the impressive statistics provided in the B.C. Forest Industry Report or connect with us on LinkedIn or Twitter.
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