Environmental Footprint

Environmental Footprint

WFP has implemented an Environmental Management Systems (EMS) to help keep our environmental footprint small.  Certification of this system to the internationally recognized ISO 14001:2004 Standard has been achieved at all of our Timberlands. ISO provides a framework for a strategic approach to WFP’s environmental policy, plans and actions.  An EMS meeting the requirements of ISO 14001:2004 enables WFP to:

  • identify and control the environmental impact of our activities, products and services
  • improve our environmental performance continually
  • implement a systematic approach to setting and achieving environmental objectives and targets

Annual independent audits ensure that the Environmental Management Systems are supporting continuous improvement, reducing our environmental footprint wherever possible. Western’s oversight of environmental management systems is led by its VP Forester, who reports directly to the CEO, and meets quarterly with the Board of Directors’ Environmental, Health & Safety Committee.

We are identifying ways to reduce our energy consumption. As partners in BC Hydro’s Power Smart Program, we have achieved over 13GWh of energy savings through smarter management of lighting, heating and compressed air systems, as well as improved controls on systems utilizing electric motors. That is enough electricity to supply 1300 households for one year!

Lifecycle analysis is making the carbon benefits of wood products increasingly clear. Through our membership with the Coast Forest Products Association, Western Forest Products is examining climate and carbon related issues in our forests and manufacturing facilities.

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