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Canadian forest industry advancing clean tech: Nighbor

Dec. 15, 2016 - CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, Derek Nighbor, says Canada’s forest industry is contributing to clean technology advances on a global scale, and that biomass is part of that picture.


December 15, 2016
By Tamar Atik woodbusiness.ca

In a video posted by Natural Resources Canada, Nighbor said, “. . . we’re applying technology in the forest to maintain the best environmental standards in the world, and draw value from a truly renewable resource.”

Nighbor also cited instances where mills have installed power plants onsite to produce electricity from waste wood.

The video is part of a project aimed at gathering innovative ideas on how to use technology in Canada’s natural resource sector. Natural Resources Canada asked industry leaders to talk about what clean technology means to them.

You can read the whole transcript below:

“It’s the forests, how we manage the forests. How we’re applying technology in the forest to maintain the best environmental standards in the world, and draw value from a truly renewable resource.

We have our mills, which are very important in terms of the way we manage water, the way we effectively manage greenhouse gas emissions and reduce those.

And how can we turn some of those mills… Many of those are power plants now where they’re selling power into the grid.

And then the products we’re making are less intensive on the fossil fuel side to make. And then you get into tall wood buildings that store carbon, and a host of other wood-based products.

So it’s really a win-win-win across the value chain, and that’s the message we’re going to continue to bring to Canadians and to the world because Canada can be a global leader.”

See more at: www.woodbusiness.ca/harvesting/forestry-management/forest-industry-a-win-win-win-3818