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FPAC updates industry guidance for reporting GHG emissions under new federal regulations

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FPAC updates industry guidance for reporting GHG emissions under new federal regulations

April 28, 2010 - 01:17
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OTTAWA, April 28, 2010 (Press Release) -The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) today released its FPAC Guidance on 2009 GHG Reporting, an updated guidance document intended to help forest product companies calculate and report their 2009 GHG emissions; a procedure that has been mandated under federal regulations since 2004.

The updated FPAC Guidance comes in response to recent changes in federal reporting requirements, in particular, the lowering of the reporting threshold for emissions, which will result in more facilities reporting for the first time.

While the forest products industry is already well positioned to report in an accurate and credible manner under the new mandatory reporting regime, updates to the FPAC Guidance will ensure consistent reporting across the sector and assist the industry in complying with the requirements.

The FPAC Guidance supports the GHG Calculation Tools for both the pulp and wood products sectors developed in cooperation with the International Council of Forest and Paper Association (ICFPA). The GHG Calculations Tools are fully consistent with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines, are the most comprehensive quantification tool available for the industry, and have been approved by both the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development.

Canada's forest products industry has been a leader in addressing greenhouse gas emissions by investing in the development and implementation of new technologies that increase efficiency and enhance the industry's overall productivity and competitiveness. Since 1990, the pulp and paper sector has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 57% - almost 10 times Canada's national Kyoto Protocol commitment of 6% reduction. This reduction is even more impressive considering the positive growth over that time period, despite some recent contraction.

A copy of the FPAC Guidance on 2009 GHG Reporting is available in the Publications section of the FPAC web site atwww.fpac.ca. The GHG Calculations Tools are available at:http://www.ncasi.org/programs/areas/climate/ghgtools/default.aspx