A veneer lathe in an early plywood mill. The forest carbon emissions associated with panel (plywood, oriented-strand-board, veneer) mills in the province were approximately 10.8 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent in 2018.
Facility-based forest carbon loss estimates: Plywood, veneer and OSB mills
MILLS PRODUCING PLYWOOD, VENEER AND OSB PANELS FOR EXPORT create pressure to clearcut BC forests. To keep a mill running requires extensive logging of forests close to the mill. That results in a large release of forest carbon in a radius around the mill that can be attributed to the operation of a given mill. Below we provide the approximate associated emissions for each mill that was operating in BC in 2018. The emissions are based on the mills' annual production capacity as recorded by the forests ministry in its Major Mill Survey.