Canada’s wood products industry has long played an important role in the Canadian economy. It is a diverse industry, producing both commodity and value-added products in every region of the country.
This energy use status report focuses on five commodities produced within the broadly defined wood products sector: softwood lumber, softwood plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), particleboard (PB) and medium density fibreboard (MDF).
The study, conducted by FPInnovations – Forintek Division, takes a different approach than other Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) reports. It does not focus solely on gross facility manufacturing energy use, but also puts this energy use in context by relating it to upstream energy required to procure raw material and energy inputs. In addition, the study tracks direct and indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by fuel type and accounts for the carbon sequestered in wood products and thus, presents a carbon balance for each finished product at the plant gate.
Using a life-cycle analysis approach, this report documents the cradle-to-gate energy use in the production of the five commodities, so each industry segment can better appreciate how it draws upon and uses materials and energy resources and how it may reduce its energy use in the future.
Chapters include resource extration, forest managemetn, resource transportation, softwood lumber manufacture, softwood plywood manufacture, oriented strand board manufacture, composite panel board manufacture, gross energy and carbon balance summary and energy use reduction potential in wood product manufacturing.
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