Carbon-neutral maple syrup, anyone?

AFKO, the Francophone organization in my community, just finished celebrating their annual sugar shack celebrations, which happened virtually for the second year in a row. I wrote about these celebrations last year in my blog post “The cabane à sucre must go on”.

This year I thought I’d look into the maple syrup industry. 

Did you know, for example, that Ecocert Canada has recently established the Quebec Carbon Neutral Maple Syrup certification, a new certification for maple syrup? 

Maple syrup is made by boiling maple sap for many hours until it reduces. If fuel oil is used to do the heating, a lot of greenhouse gases are created in the process. At the moment, about half of the medium-sized maple syrup producers in Quebec use fuel oil to process maple syrup.

Ecocert helps producers make the transition to new energy-efficient equipment which does not generate greenhouse gases. If greenhouse gases are generated, the producer can buy carbon credits to offset them.

Maple syrup is a $1 billion industry in Canada, and Quebec produces three-quarters of the world's maple syrup. Due to great weather, maple syrup producers had a banner year in 2021, and demand has been up by 20%. 

Catherine Fisher, blogger

Photo: Albert Martin at maple syrup time near Fernleigh- unknown date.