Case study: forestry
FORESTRY: CASE STUDY
A Small Business That Makes a Difference: Produits Forestiers Petit Paris Journey Towards Sustainable Forest Management
Produits Forestiers Petit Paris, the main subsidiary of Coopérative Forestière de Petit Paris, is an integrated lumber sawing, drying and planing complex producing around 110 million FBM (Board Foot Measure) annually.
Backed by many years of experience, the company stands out for its commitment to environmental sustainability and responsible management of forest resources. The company offers a diverse range of products, including wood planks, lumber products, beams, wood siding and more.
Sustainable Community member information
- Name: Produits Forestiers Petit Paris
- Sector: Forest industry
- Sub-sector : Wood processing
- Organization type : Business / SME
- Location: Saint-Ludger-de-Milot, QC, Canada
Produits Forestiers Petit Paris Climate Challenge
The use of heavy fuel oil for the kettle used to dry lumber was one of the significant environmental aspects that Produits Forestiers Petit Paris had identified as a priority issue for reducing its ecological footprint.
Indeed, in response to climate change, and with a view to sustainable development, reducing the greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted by oil combustion became a priority for the organization.
The target was simple in itself: to modernize facilities in order to stop using fossil fuels, which are the main contributors to GHG emissions.
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Carbon reduction and monetization
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Carbon neutrality and net zero
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Actions implemented to decarbonize forests
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carbon footprint measurement
listed buildings and infrastructures
Types of GHG reduction projects developed
years of commitment
3 types of GHG reduction projects have been developed by the company to decarbonize its value chain.
Waste management projects (86 microprojects):
? Sub-category of projects #1: Diversion of bark and biomass residues from landfill.
? Sub-category of projects #2: Recovery of paper/cardboard instead of sending it to landfill.
An energy conversion microproject (1 microproject):
? Project description: No. 2 oil dryer kettle conversion to biomass.
“In 2017, following the investments made and the implementation of a biomass boiler, Produits Forestiers Petit Paris was looking for a way to add value to the lower atmospheric emissions from its facilities.
Our objective has always been to use the gains generated by our project as a springboard to finance future projects, particularly the management and valorization of our wood residue piling sites. WILL acts as a facilitator for us towards the voluntary carbon credit market. All we have to do is respond annually to various requests (volume, production, consumption) concerning our activities, and WILL takes care of the rest, like a turnkey solution.
Without their input, it would be unthinkable for us to make sales on the carbon market, given our lack of knowledge, the challenges of accessing potential customers, and our limited human and financial resources. Over and above the sums of money paid to us, our corporate image is enhanced because our association with Will enables us to quantify and report on our performance.”
David Boivin, Directeur RH/SSE chez Produits Forestiers Petit Paris.
Decarbonization Strategy Results
tonnes of Co2e reduced (since 2010)
tonnes of Co2e reduced annually in one year (2018 figures)
CAD paid to the member in one year (2023 figures)
The transition of the kettle to biomass has enabled us to stop using heavy oil altogether. On average, 900,000 liters of fuel were burned annually in our facilities, representing savings of nearly $550,000. Unlike many other players in the wood processing sector, the company did not opt for propane technology, as the use of biomass was more than logical. In fact, using biomass is virtually cost-free, as it comes from the SME’s own industrial process. Finally, between 50 and 60,000 tonnes of wood are diverted from landfill and recycled annually by the company!
Climate change and future projects for Produits Forestiers Petit Paris
The next step in Produits Forestiers Petit Paris’s climate action concerns the reclamation of the wood residue piling sites located at the heart of their facilities. Their presence generates considerable GHG emissions, as well as polluting water.
The electrification of heavy equipment will be analyzed in the medium term, once technologies have demonstrated their efficiency and reliability.
The forestry industry plays a central role in solutions for capturing atmospheric emissions through carbon sequestration in wood. Products made from timber then trap greenhouse gas emissions in walls, floors and roofs, demonstrating the potential of wood materials in the fight against climate change.
WILL's Eye: decarbonization highlights for the forestry sector
Here are some key tips for companies in the forestry sector to help reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to the fight against climate change.
1. Carbon footprint monitoring and management: Regularly measure your carbon footprint to understand the sources of emissions and set reduction targets. Set up monitoring and management systems to track progress and adjust practices accordingly. Will can help you measure your carbon footprint!
2. Sustainable forest management: Adopt sustainable forest management practices to ensure the regeneration and conservation of forests while maximizing their carbon storage capacity. Obtain forestry certifications (such as FSC or PEFC) to demonstrate your commitment to sustainability.
3. Reduce harvesting emissions: Optimize harvesting operations to minimize the use of fossil fuels and the associated carbon footprint. Explore more efficient and energy-saving harvesting methods, such as the use of electric or hybrid machines.
4. Responsible waste management: Valorize wood residues and by-products from wood production to avoid their anaerobic decomposition and the release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Look for opportunities to recycle and reuse materials from forest production.
5. Green transport and logistics: Optimize your transport operations by using cleaner vehicles, minimizing empty runs and promoting multimodal transport. Use cleaner alternative fuels, such as biodiesel or electrification of vehicle fleets.
6. Invest in green technology: Explore cutting-edge technologies, such as carbon sequestration, to increase the carbon storage capacity of your forests. Invest in renewable energy systems to power your operations, such as solar or wind power.
7. Collaboration and awareness-raising: Collaborate with other forest industry players to share best practices and decarbonization solutions. Raise awareness of your decarbonization efforts among stakeholders, including employees, customers and investors.
8. Climate change adaptation measures: Anticipate the effects of climate change on your forests and develop appropriate adaptation strategies. Invest in management practices that strengthen the resilience of your forest ecosystems.
By implementing these tips, forestry companies can play a key role in reducing carbon emissions and preserving forests, while contributing to the global fight against climate change!