Path to Net Zero Emissions

Path

Sustainable forestry is a vital part of Canada’s path towards net zero emissions.

The United Nations recently published “There is no future without addressing climate change, and forests are a key component to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.”

Trees store carbon in the form of wood. Even when trees are harvested, carbon remains stored in the wood. Products created from the harvested wood like lumber, plywood, flooring and furniture lock away carbon in our homes and workplaces for decades. According to the Ontario government, public forests stored an estimated 7.2 billion tonnes of carbon. However, wood products from Managed Forests store 25.5 million tonnes of carbon. This is comparable to the annual emissions from about 28.6 million passenger vehicles.

Ontario’s forest sector is doing its part to meet this challenge.

Sustainable Forest Management

We are proud to say that Ontario is a global leader in sustainable forest management practices. Over 27,600,000 hectares of our forests are third party certified as sustainably managed, one of the highest rates in the world.

Ontario’s forest management practices are based in both Indigenous traditional knowledge and the most modern technologies, such as LiDAR imaging and unmanned aerial vehicles. Harvesting practices emulate natural disturbances, improve forest health, and minimize wildfire risk, adapting to and mitigating the impacts of climate change.