Cap-and-trade systems are a type of economic and environmental management system in which governments implement economic incentives for business to produce in more sustainable and environmentally-conscious ways that reduce harmful emissions. Many industry experts and environmental activists have argued that introducing a cap-and-trade system to the Nova Scotian forest industry would help generate profits for woodlot owners while limiting their environmental impact, leading to a more sustainable forest industry. Here is some more information about cap-and-trade systems and what they could mean for Nova Scotian woodlot managers.

A Helping Hand to Smaller Woodlots

A cap-and-trade system would give a much-needed boost to small, local woodlot owners, many of whom have already adopted an environmentally-friendly practices. These smaller woodlots would be able to sell their carbon offsets to larger farms, allowing them to further implement eco-friendly practices without having to pay for them out-of-pocket. This exchange would give local eco-friendly woodlots the economic stability to compete within the forestry market. There are roughly 30,000 private woodlot owners in Nova Scotia—they make up about 5% of the population! A cap-and-trade system would allow these woodlot owners more opportunities to thrive economically, which would improve the economy of the province as a whole. Advocates for cap-and-trade argue that the system must allow Nova Scotian woodlots to sell carbon offsets to companies in other provinces and within the United States in order to be successful.

What Does A Cap-And-Trade System Mean for Local Woodlot Owners?

The cap-and-trade system is an attempt to merge economic and environmental interests. As sustainable development becomes a more common issue, it’s up to every woodlot owner and manager to start strategizing about how to introduce more eco-friendly practices to their production process. A cap-and-trade system would make it more financially advantageous for small woodlot owners to adopt environmentally conscious practices. If you’re interested in creating an eco-friendly woodlot that is also profitable, the forest industry experts at H.C. Haynes can help you to develop a woodlot that is sustainable and successful. For more information about our woodlot management, marketing and silviculture services, contact us today at H.C. Haynes.