The Graduate Public Policy Program proudly presents:
“Canada’s Forest Products Sector: Carbon Neutral by 2015” with Isabelle Des Chênes
Thursday March 18th 12:00 – 1:00pm in Harbour Centre room 3000

Canada’s pulp and paper forestry sector saw the writing on the wall more than a decade ago and began to seriously address climate change by streamlining and modernizing operations, producing and using renewable fuels, developing bio-products.

On Oct. 30, 2007, the Forest Products Association of Canada announced it would aim for industry-wide carbon-neutrality by 2015 without the purchase of carbon offset credits. A partnership with WWF-Canada informs and guides the initiative; data and research is supported by the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI).

The results to date are impressive. The energy produced from forest biomass in pulp and paper mills today is sufficient to replace three nuclear reactors and to power the City of Vancouver for a year. Additionally, forestry companies have reduced emissions ten times Kyoto targets or by 60 percent-8 million tonnes removed from the atmosphere. The presenter will speak about the broader carbon neutral initiative, specific spin-off projects, and implications for public policy. Be sure to come and find more about this remarkable development undertaken by one of out most important industrial sectors.

Isabelle Des Chênes manages the Forest Products Association of Canada’s (FPAC) market communications and advocacy programming both domestically and internationally. Previously, she was Vice President, Market Relations with Forestry Innovation Investment’s (FII) Market Outreach program of the government of British Columbia, providing international customers and decision makers with credible facts about British Columbia’s sustainable forest and environmental record. Isabelle brings nearly 20 years public relations and communications experience in both the private and public sectors. Prior to FII, she was director of communications with the FPAC and the Canadian Tourism Commission. She managed public relations and communications for technology firms Cognos and Fulcrum Technologies, and with the House of Commons Public Information Office in Ottawa.