March 5, 2018 - Nova Scotia's Department of Natural Resources and Port Hawkesbury Paper are responding to allegations from a local harvester and former sawmill owner that the paper company harvested old growth to supply a local biomass power plant.
Feb. 21, 2018 - The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) recently developed and implemented a new air quality guideline for the control of air emissions from small wood fired combustors with a heat input capacity of less than 3 MW – Guideline A-14. These changes, which took effect last year, make the permitting process for small wood fired combustors significantly cheaper and more efficient. A regulator process that once took more than a year can now be completed in two days, saving projects hundreds of thousands of dollars.
May 24, 2017 - There is considerable talk in government circles of how Canada can improve its innovation performance. Earlier this spring, the federal government tabled its ‘Innovation’ budget. A key plank of this budget is moving forward with its committed investment in clusters and networks, which in the words of the government, is “intended to catalyze private sector dynamism, bring a critical mass of stakeholders together and connect their ideas to the marketplace”. At the same time, Canada needs to address climate change and that means shifting to a low carbon economy. Canada’s forest products industry is already a leader in both areas and is working hard to advance bio-based solutions for a low carbon economy.
Dec. 19, 2016 - Atlantic Power Corporation’s bid to burn rail ties at its biomass-fired generating facility in Williams Lake, B.C., is facing 13 submitted appeals.
Nov. 24, 2016 - Imagine a future world where our grandchildren will be purchasing all their paints, plastics, energy, and personal care products without ever knowing that once upon a time, these items were not derived from biomass.
Sept. 14, 2016 - Atlantic Power Preferred Equity Ltd., the company behind a biomass-fuelled energy plant in Williams Lake, B.C., has been approved by the province to burn more shredded rail ties.
March 28, 2016 - The Canadian government is targeting September of 2016 to have a plan in place for a national carbon tax strategy. To get there, the government wants to create small working groups of stakeholders to discuss how much the tax should be, and its implementation across Canada.
February 16, 2016 - I started my legal career in the public service, and this role, as Environmental Commissioner is a chance to make a difference on issues that I think matter most.
August 5, 2015 - The federal government is picking sides, supporting Canada’s forest industry in the face of a campaign by Greenpeace to discredit certain companies and practices. Minister Denis Lebel announced on July 31 that the government of Canada will finance scientific studies focused on woodland caribou and will act directly to inform forest proudcts clients to inform them of the facts about Canada’s forest management practices.
May 28, 2015 – The window is closing on industry opportunity in B.C.’s biomass sector because of delays in the introduction and implementation of fibre supply policy.
April 23, 2015 - SBP has announced that a further four Certification Bodies have been accepted as applicants and are now able to progress towards achieving SBP-approved status. The applicant Certification Bodies are: Forest Certification, KPMG Performance Registrar Inc., PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and SGS.
March 26, 2015 - Using a track and field metaphor, Europe has lapped North America in the race to reduce global warming and develop clean renewable energy. The EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) provides the so-called 20-20-20 targets that mandate 20 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from a 1995 base level; 20 per cent reduction in energy consumption; and for 20 per cent of energy to be renewable. This has resulted in Europe becoming the largest global wood pellet market, accounting for 80 per cent of consumption, far ahead of second place, U.S., and third place, South Korea.
Feb. 19, 2015 – Nova Scotia Power's biomass plant is being accused of burning high quality sawlogs that would otherwise keep hardwood sawmills in business, reports The Chronicle Herald. Another sawmill in Nova Scotia is shutting down because it can't access the sawlogs it needs.
Feb. 18, 2015 - Canadian Biomass took a trip to Vancouver Island to see how one of the largest Canadian log exporters is handling the export restrictions. Island Timberlands exports its logs with the majority going to Asia. The author was curious to see how the company is able to reconcile costs if the export rules are written to restrict logs from leaving Canada.
Jan. 20, 2015 – Biomass power is on the rise in Japan after the country introduced an FIT (feed-in-tariff) program in 2012. The subsidy has spurred an increase of biomass power generation facilities – 33 units of varying sizes plan to fire up in 2015.
Dec. 18, 2014 – The mayor of Fort Frances is asking the Natural Resources and Forestry minister Bill Mauro to put Resolute Forest Products' local wood supply on hold until a solution is found for the sale of the Fort Frances pulp and paper mill. According to The Fort Frances Times, the mayor told the minister that he understands that the asset is owned by Resolute but he wants the minister to use his power to influence the company's decisions.
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