Top Cdn BE: Drop-in Fuels

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October 23, 2017,

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Natural Resources Canada is working on a number of initiatives to support the Pan-Canadian Framework to reduce the carbon footprint of the transportation sector. The transportation sector currently contributes nearly one quarter of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. The use of alternative fuels such as biofuels, renewable natural gas, hydrogen and electricity are part of a suite of solutions for reducing the carbon footprint in Canada. The deployment of these low carbon fuels takes place in a complex global landscape wherein market factors, technologies, and economic and environmental government policies must interact successfully to support higher levels of supply and demand for renewable fuels... by NRCan

The federal government is looking into the potential for low-carbon fuels in Canada as it develops a new clean fuel standard that some say could do more to cut emissions than a carbon tax. Natural Resources Canada has recently issued two new tenders, one looking for research on the ability of mining, oil and gas, forestry and other industries to switch to alternative fuels. The department is also looking for a study of liquid drop-in biofuels that could replace diesel, gasoline and jet fuel… by Maura Forrest.

Doyletech Corporation recently concluded a study on the economic impact of an enhanced mandate for biofuels in Ontario. The study, prepared for Renewable Industries Canada, relied on two operating assumptions: 1) for ethanol, an increase in the provincial mandate from 5% to 10%; 2) for biodiesel, an increase in the provincial mandate from 4% to a 5%, with the retention of a carbon intensity factor of at least 70% reduction in the biodiesel component of the blended fuel.,, by Renewable Industries Canada.

Oct. 16, 2017 – Power exports have become a new, complementary source of revenue for many Canadian pulp and paper mills. However, although very attractive, the maximization of profits from power production exports while providing enough steam for internal processes and operations remains a challenge for many of the mills… by FPInnovations.

Governments serious about climate change should be wary about eliminating the mandate for renewable fuels, and those promising a low carbon fuel market without it.” Earlier this month Canada’s Environment Commissioner urged MPs to push the government from ‘seemingly endless planning mode into action mode’ on climate change. By now we all know the road to achieving meaningful GHG emission reductions from transportation isn’t easy: new infrastructure, clean technology, and changing consumer habits can be tricky business… by Gordon Quaiatini.

If a tree falls in a forest and nobody’s there to hear it, does it make a sound? Moreover, what happens to it? This is becoming a legitimate issue for landscapes in British Columbia and the northwest region of the U.S., as an old friends’ nesting habits evolve causing trees to fall prematurely. Nestled in the underbrush of the forest is an unlikely enemy to acres of pine trees across the heartland and west coast U.S. Smaller than a penny, mountain pine beetles are burrowing into pine wood in areas they normally don’t venture into. In only 15 years, more than 44 million acres of pine have deteriorated due to the increase of pine beetle populations in increasingly temperate woods… by Veolia.

Revelstoke’s propane consumption could be replaced with fuel created from pulpwood, city council heard during a report by Cornelius Suchy at a regular meeting on Oct. 10. Suchy presented study findings from Canadian Biomass Energy Research. Revelstoke spends more than $12-million annually on imported fossil fuels, Suchy told council. The study looked in part at how a made-in Revelstoke approach to converting wood waste into energy could look… by Revelstoke Review.

A new overseas investment is coming to Prince George’s Pacific BioEnergy plant. Japanese corporation Sumitomo has aquired a 48% stake in PEBC, the second-largest manufacturer of wood pellets in Canada. Minister of Forests Doug Donaldson was in attendance to tour the facility in PG and met with both PBEC Chairman Don Steele and Sumitomo’s Katsunori Takamitsu. The PG manufacturer will start distributing material to the Japanese buyer, which is the largest importer of biomass fuel in its region… by Jeff Slack.

Oct. 20, 2017 – Technoparc Montréal and FPInnovations today concluded the purchase of lands by FPInnovations for its establishment at the Technoparc de Montréal. The lands, totaling more than 360,000 square feet (33,400 square meters), are in the southern part of the Technoparc de Montréal, the Eco-campus Hubert Reeves section... by Technoparc.Montreal.