The Western Forest Products lumber mill at Chemainus has an annual production capacity of 61 million board feet. To cut that much lumber, the mill would use 78,000 cubic metres of logs. The forest carbon emissions associated with that volume are over 128,000 tonnes.
Facility-based forest carbon loss estimates: Sawmills
SAWMILLS PRODUCING LUMBER FOR EXPORT create the greatest 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 2019. The emissions are based on the mills' annual production capacity as recorded by the forests ministry in its Major Mill Survey.