Canadian Forest Service Publications

Climate change mitigation in British Columbia’s forest sector: GHG reductions, costs and environmental impacts

Year: 2020

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 40632

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1186/s13021-020-00155-2

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This study used a sound analytical framework for assessing mitigation and examined the forest ecosystem C balance, C use and storage in HWPs and landfills, and substitution benefits from using wood in place of fossil-based energy or emissions-intensive products. We modeled public forests of BC at 1-hectare spatial resolution from 1990 to 2070, for a forward-looking business-as-usual and then compared emissions to scenarios where we changed forest management and wood use starting in 2020. Forest management included greater use of harvested materials for either energy or products, reduced harvest levels, and greater production of longer-lived wood products. We further estimated the costs of reducing GHG emissions and associated socio-economic benefits related to jobs, government revenue and GDP.