Environmental Responsibility

As advocates of preserving the environment, we at LP have policies in place.

At LP, we strive to manage the environmental footprint of all our operations, and we take all of our environmental responsibilities seriously. We have a company-wide Policy on Environmental Stewardship that outlines our commitment to meet the strictest standards in the management and conservation of public and private forestlands, and the sustainable manufacturing of our engineered wood products.

LP Policy on Environmental Stewardship

Sustainable Forest Management & Fiber Sourcing

We believe that one of the greatest environmental opportunities we have at LP is to ensure that the forest resources we rely on are managed sustainably, to meet the needs of today’s generation without compromising the needs of future generations. We are committed to sourcing responsibly managed wood fiber to manufacture our building products.

In the U.S., most of our wood fiber is sourced indirectly from wood producers and third-party landowners, such as family forests, timber investment lands and public lands. In Canada, the majority of our wood fiber is sourced directly from public lands where LP has management authority and is responsible for all phases of management.

In both cases, we are committed to the implementation of sustainable forest management standards and best practices that help protect and conserve forests across our managed landscapes, using trained Qualified Logging Professionals to achieve our environmental obligations. These include:

  • Encouraging prompt reforestation after timber harvest
  • Promotion of soil conservation and water quality protection with the use of riparian buffers (stream-side management zones)
  • Conservation of wildlife habitats: Considerations include the type and age of forest, the size and shape of boundaries, the presence of water bodies and streamside management zones, wildlife species, and protection of sensitive and/or unique habitats
  • Conservation of biodiversity: Considerations include the identification and protection of forests with exceptional conservation value and species at risk (threatened and endangered) to help prevent any further population decline

Sustainable Fiber Sourcing Policy

The LP Sustainable Fiber Sourcing Policy further emphasizes our commitment to sustainable forestry across all company operations, as well as with landowners, wood producers, and other stakeholders responsible for forest management and fiber sourcing activities.

Forest Certification

Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Certification

LP is certified to all three Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Standards – Forest Management, Fiber Sourcing and Chain of Custody Standards. View the certificates here.

To date, 100% of fiber sourced from Canada and the U.S. is certified to SFI Standards. The fiber we source in Brazil and Chile is managed to equivalent standards, and products imported into the U.S. from LP Chile and LP Brazil are currently certified under SFI’s Certified Sourcing Program.

In addition to SFI® forest management and fiber sourcing certification, LP is also certified to both the SFI and PEFC chain of custody programs across a select group of OSB, Siding and EWP facilities. This provides assurances that the wood fiber we use has been sourced responsibly. The chain of custody standard is an accounting system that tracks wood fiber sourced from the forest through manufacturing to the final production and distribution of our building products.

3rd Party SFI-PEFC Audit Verification

As an SFI program participant, LP must be audited every year by an accredited third-party independent audit body to ensure our forest management, fiber sourcing and chain of custody programs conform to the SFI® and PEFC standards. As part of a continuous improvement process, every five years SFI conducts an external review of the standards to address emerging sustainability trends and to enhance the strength and credibility of the program. LP’s audit results are available on the SFI® website.

For more detailed information about LP’s Sustainable Forestry Program, please refer to the LP Sustainable Fiber Sourcing Brochure.

Energy Efficiency

Our commitment to long-term environmental sustainability extends to the ways we use all resources – we strive to be efficient in every aspect of our operations, including the way we use energy.

Examples of ways we work to conserve energy every day include:

  • When Capital Projects are developed, every effort is made to specify best available technologies for our power consuming equipment. High efficiency motors and variable speed drive controls contribute to both improved efficiency and reduced power consumption.
  • Many of our sites are participants in load curtailment programs that enable the electric utilities to request specific dates and times to reduce power consumption benefitting the grid during peak load periods.
  • Our processes allow us to use more than 99% of the logs that come into our facilities. The residual fiber or biomass that does not end up in our products is used to help generate thermal energy in specific areas within our manufacturing process, significantly offsetting fossil fuel consumption. More than 70% of our energy used comes from biomass residuals – a renewable energy source.

Additional Literature & Certificates

Proposed Development for Public Review — Golden TSA

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