BDO Zone Initiative issues A rating for Alberta district and county
November 3, 2023
By BDO Zone Initiative
The Municipal District (MD) of Greenview, the County of Grande Prairie, and Ecostrat announced the issue of a new Bioeconomy Development Opportunity (BDO) Zone rating for woody biomass.
The prestigious ‘A’ rating denotes high quality feedstock supply chains and infrastructure, based on robust forestry and wood industry sectors, and local supply chains with a long history of stable performance. The zone spans a radius of 120 km, centred around three key points: Grande Prairie, the Greenview Industrial Gateway (GIG), and the Hamlet of Grande Cache.
The zone presents a self-contained industrial system with foundational infrastructure assets, including access to natural gas, water, electricity, a comprehensive transportation network, and the potential for carbon sequestration through a dedicated carbon capture hub – a significant advantage for low-carbon project development.
The MD of Greenview and County of Grande Prairie BDO Zone is Alberta’s first BDO Zone rating for woody biomass and supports the province’s efforts to become a global player in the clean energy transition.
“We are excited to receive the ‘A’ rating for woody biomass”, stated Greenview Reeve Tyler Olsen. “This recognition highlights the potential our region offers for bioeconomy growth. The Municipal District of Greenview is committed to working collaboratively with industry partners for the advancement and development of biorefinery projects within our region.”
“This rating validates what we already knew,” stated County of Grande Prairie Reeve Robert Marshall. “Our region is an excellent source of woody biomass. We intend to become an essential component of the bioenergy industry that supports our existing industry sectors and brings new technology to reduce emissions while increasing job opportunities and economic growth. We have the feedstock, suppliers, and infrastructure that make our region a top destination for biobased development.”
Jordan Solomon, chairman of the BDO Zone Initiative added, “This ‘A’ rating will support the region’s efforts to leverage exceptional infrastructure assets, catalyze bio-based economic development in the region, and play a pivotal role in advancing Alberta’s global position in the bioeconomy sector.”
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