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Striving For Zero

Zero Carbon Neutral

Hemlock’s commitment to mitigating the impact of CO2 emissions across our paper supply chain has led to Zero, our unique Carbon Neutral Printing Program.

Three Easy Steps to a
Carbon Neutral Print Job

  • Sign up

    Place an order for a carbon neutral print job, 
and we calculate the carbon footprint of the project from forest to mill to transportation 
and recycling.

  • Go Neutral

    Offsets neutralize your carbon footprint by investing in Gold Standard renewable and 
clean technology projects.

  • Communicate

    Hemlock gives you the Zero Carbon Neutral branding tools and a certificate validating your carbon emissions reduction.

    Contact us to get started.

How ZERO Works

  • The lifecycle of paper – from forest to mill to transportation, production and recycling – emits Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions at every stage.

    Hemlock’s unique Zero Carbon Neutral Printing Program, developed in partnership with Offsetters, enables our clients to neutralize the carbon footprint of their projects by investing in renewable energy and clean technology projects, including the Great Bear Rainforest Carbon Project in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia.

  • Since its introduction in 2009, Hemlock clients have printed over 36 million pieces with Zero, offsetting over 12,000 metric tonnes of GHG emissions.

ZERO Carbon Neutral

Offset
Portfolio

Hemlock is committed to helping mitigate the impact of CO2 emission in our supply chain. We actively manage our Canadian and International Offset Portfolios to support renewable and clean technology projects that we are passionate about.

Great Bear Rainforest Carbon Project

The Great Bear Rainforest is home to the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest remaining in the world. The Great Bear Rainforest Carbon Project's activities include changes in land-use legislation and regulation that result in increased carbon stocks by converting forests that were previously designated, sanctioned, or approved for commercial logging to protected forests. Emissions caused by harvesting, road building and other forestry operations are also prevented.


Without offset funds, the protected areas would not have been established and harvest levels would not have been reduced. It is the only Improved Management project of its scale that has equal involvement with the First Nations and the BC Government, strong legal and policy foundations, and in-depth data to support the quantification of ecosystem services. Click here to learn more.

  • 7,000,000 hectares protected
  • Equivalent to 208,333 cars off the road annually
  • Returns ownerships to stewards of the land

Quadra Island Forestland Conservation Project

The purpose of the Quadra Island Forestland Conservation Project is to meet two main objectives: reduce greenhouse gas levels and conserve site-specific features. The site was chosen because it includes Remnant Costal Western Hemlock second growth forests, the opportunity to establish connectivity between existing parks (allowing wildlife to move from one park to another safely), as well as important archaeological sites and a historic Aboriginal portage route.


The Province of BC has been wanting to officially protect the area for almost 20 years, but had insufficient capital to purchase the property. In 2014, through the contributions of donors, a land trade, and the promise of funding from carbon offsets, the Province was able to reach an agreement to purchase the project site. Click here to learn more.

  • 418 hectares protected
  • Equivalent to 19,000+ cars off the road annually
  • Preserves important archaeological sites and a historic Aboriginal portage route.

Afognak Forest Carbon Project, Alaska, USA

The Afognak Forest Carbon Project is an improved forest management project that has protected five parcels of forestland on Afognak Island. The project area is made of native old-growth Sitka Spruce forests, lakes, streams and wetlands, and is home to wildlife such as the Kodiak brown bear, Roosevelt elk, Sitka black-tailed deer, foxes and beavers.


Carbon offset funds have enabled the protection of 3,326 hectares of forestland on Afognak Island that would have previously been logged and generates approximately 40,451 tonnes of carbon credits per year for its 30 year project life. Without offset funds, the project site would have been clear-cut for timber-harvesting by its previous owners. Click here to learn more.

  • 3,326 hectares protected
  • Equivalent to 256,900 cars off the road annually
  • Will generate an estimated 1.21 million tCO2e emissions reductions over its 30 year project life

Lower Zambezi REDD+, Zambia

Zambia has one of the highest deforestation rates in the continent. The drivers of deforestation are mostly associated with subsistence activities undertaken by communities: the removal of timber for charcoal production, and the expansion of small-scale agriculture.


Without offsets, the most likely land use scenario would be a continued and rapid degradation of forests in the project area, which bridge the gap between the Lower Zambezi National Park and Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka. Carbon offset funds have also also enabled a forest monitoring program which will help prevent unregulated deforestation from occurring. Click here to learn more.

  • 38,718 hectares protected
  • Equivalent to 44,277 cars off the road annually
  • Supports population of 23,000 elephants, lions, antelopes and other threatened species