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June 19, 2017,

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The forestry sector is at the heart of the Canadian bioeconomy plan. While Donald Trump has announced the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, the Federal Government led by Justine Trudeau has announced its support to Canada’s forest sector for market and product diversification and forestry-based indigenous communities. The announcement, made by James Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, highlights the importance of the forest sector to the Canadian economy and the recognition of the important role Government plays in supporting innovative research and development and de-risking transformative bio-based technologies… by the BioJournal

A proposal is in its very initial stage to change how you sort your garbage. City council’s Utilities Committee reviewed the long-term plan Friday, ahead of what will be a presentation of a new business plan for waste management next year. A target of diverting 90 per cent of material from the landfill has been in place seemingly forever. They’re nowhere close, so this new way of doing things is hoped to change that. This year, the new Enerkem waste-to-biofuel facility will come on line after testing is complete. Tests right now show our garbage is too wet... by Scott Johnston.

June 12, 2017 – The global annual wood pellet trade is currently about 30 million tonnes and growing at about 15 per cent per year. About half of all wood pellets are sold in the industrial sector for power generation while the other half are sold in the heating sector for residential, commercial and institutional applications... by Gordon Murray

June 14, 2017 – Over the last five years, the four themes that underpinned BioFuelNet’s research initiatives reflected both the sequence and the challenges of biofuel development: the raw material or feedstock must be converted into a biofuel end-product that is both usable and sustainable. It all starts with feedstock. Feedstock availability represents the ultimate constraint in producing biofuels sustainably. What are the most abundant and energy-efficient sources of biomass from which to create biofuels?… by John Marrone

Ignore the noise. That’s what Derek Nighbor is taking away from his many conversations with federal bureaucrats and industry leaders concerning the ongoing softwood lumber dispute. “We respond to what the U.S. does, not to what the U.S. says,” said the CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, in echoing an often repeated line from federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr…  by Ian Ross.

Policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation will likely increase the consumption of renewable and low-carbon biofuels. Currently, there are several policies in Canada that target emissions from transportation fuels, including the federal Renewable Fuels Regulations, which mandates minimum renewable fuel blending, or British Columbia’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which requires the average lifecycle carbon intensity (CI) of fuel sold within the province to decline over time. However, there is no comprehensive data source monitoring the state of renewable fuel consumption in Canada, and no single source that communicates the impact of renewable fuel policies on fuel consumption, GHG emissions, and fuel costs…  by Advanced Biofuels Canada

Canadian biofuel producers are already gearing up for what they believe will be a doubling of the country’s ethanol and biodiesel mandates in the near future. Environment and Climate Change Canada is consulting with provinces and territories about developing a clean fuel standard to reduce greenhouse gases by increasing the use of low carbon fuels. It has prepared a discussion paper that outlines how the standard would address a range of fuels including liquid, gaseous and solid fuels. It would go beyond transportation fuels and include fuels used in industry, homes and buildings… by Sean Pratt

Conifex’s business is the harvesting of timber and the manufacture and sale of lumber, primarily for North American and Asian markets. Its sawmills process high-quality SPF logs into higher-grade and commodity-grade lumber, wood chips that are sold externally and used for pulp production, and other residual products for sale to wood pellet manufacturers, finger joint lumber plants, biomass power plants… by Sandy Ferguson.

In Canada, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has made a COMM SCI investment in Origin Materials, Sacramento, California, through BIC’s Sustainable Chemistry Alliance investment fund, as part of an investment round that will see Origin construct its first commercial scale demonstration facility in Sarnia by late 2018… by Jim Lane.