“Green, innovative and open to the world”. That’s the vision Resolute Forest Products and our partners in the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) are challenging our industry to achieve in its Vision2020 challenge.
Vision2020 was launched by FPAC in 2012 to ensure that forestry remains a growing and dynamic contributor to Canada’s future economy.
It sets realistic stretch goals in three areas:
- Products: Generating $20 billion in new economic activity through innovation and market development
- Performance: Delivering a further 35% improvement in the sector’s environmental footprint
- People: Renewing our workforce with at least 60,000 new recruits, including women, Aboriginals and new Canadians
Realizing these three goals will also help ensure a fourth goal: Prosperity, maximizing the output of our knowledge, products, policies and processes to support a new economy industry that provides security for our workers, a strong future for our operating communities, and a sustainable resource for future generations.
How achievable is this? When Vision2020 was launched, FPAC promised to report on progress every two years, and as the following table from our first report card covering 2010 to 2012 shows, we’ve already made an important measure of progress:
This week, Vision2020’s Performance goal deserves special consideration thanks to the opening of the U.N. Climate Summit in New York on September 23. Forests, of course, play an important role in mitigating climate change, by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas responsible for climate change.
As an industry, Canadian forestry also is committed to managing forests sustainably, with no net loss of tree cover; to producing more green energy to displace carbon intensive sources; and to becoming carbon neutral along the entire supply-chain by 2015, without the purchase of offsets.
In addition, Resolute has strengthened its own commitment to sustainability by joining the World Wildlife Fund® (WWF®) Climate Savers program in 2011. Our membership included several ambitious goals, including a 65% reduction in absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 2015 vs. a 2000 baseline. We have already made significant progress and are confident that we will achieve this goal well ahead of schedule.