As one of the largest producers of panel products in Europe, we have a responsibility to be at the forefront of initiatives that tackle today's environmental challenge. That's why, as the environmental impact of deforestation became clear, we led the UK industry towards FSC® certification. What's more, our European operations were amongst the first in the world to produce FSC® certified panel boards.
The FSC® product label allows consumers worldwide to recognise products that support the growth of responsible forest management. As the marketplace becomes increasingly environmentally aware, many demand the FSC® mark on their wood products. With Norbord it comes as standard on a large proportion of our products.
Norbord is dedicated to producing board from sustainable sources of wood only. All of the wood we use comes from responsibly managed forests, or from recycled material. What’s more, the majority of our European manufactured products are from forests certified to Forest Stewardship Council standards. By insisting on FSC® certified sources, we help protect the world’s ancient forests.
Norbord is also a member of the Timber Trade Federation and implements the Responsible Purchasing Policy as a commitment to the eradication of illegal timber in European markets.
How sustainable forestry benefits the environment
Young, fast-growing trees are the lungs of the world, breathing in carbon dioxide and exhaling oxygen. By replanting trees, sustainable forestry ensures that more oxygen-emitting woodlands are created every year.
Reducing fossil fuels
In 2000, Norbord entered into an agreement with the UK government to reduce fossil fuel usage by 10% by 2012. By the summer of 2007, the majority of Norbord's mills in Europe were firing up on biomass - burning excess timber residues produced on site - and helping to reduce the company's dependence on energy generated using fossil fuels.
Norbord has achieved a 45% reduction in fossil fuel combustion in the past five years and, when the programme is complete, 80% of our heat requirements used in the wood fibre drying process will come from biomass sources.
What's more, all of Norbord's wood panels can be recycled at their end-of-life, meaning the wood can continue to be re-used long after its initial function is complete.
Relying on renewables
At Norbord, 75% of the energy used to produce our wood panel products is derived from renewables - residues left over in the manufacturing process. As a whole, Norbord uses 1.5 million metric tons of biomass every year for energy – that’s the equivalent of about two million barrels of oil.