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.
October 28, 2014, Victoria, B.C. – The B.C. government has created a new type of forest licence that allows emerging, innovative forestry companies to more effectively respond to fluctuations in the supply of wood fibre.
July 24, 2014, London, England - The UK’s biomass energy sector has welcomed the publication of a bioenergy ‘carbon calculator’ by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as a demonstration that biomass can help in the fight against climate change.
April 9, 2014, Newfoundland – Rentech has won the rights to harvest land in central Newfoundland, the rights to which were formerly owned by Abitibi-Bowater.
December 4, 2013, London, England - The Renewable Energy Association welcomes the U.K. government’s confirmation of support levels for renewable power under the new Electricity Market Reform (EMR) policy.
September 20, 2013, Winnipeg, MN – Manitoba Hydro is facing a $1 million lawsuit over a blast at a biomass pilot project site at a Hutterite colony earlier this year.
August 21, 2013, Simcoe, Ont - The official draft sustainability rules surrounding biomass are not even out yet in the EU and already conservation groups are up in arms, in some cases appearing to favour a continued reliance on fossil fuels.
July 29, 2013, Mattawa, Ont. – The Canadian Institute of Forestry says the argument that forestry as practiced in jurisdictions across Canada is threatening boreal forest ecosystems is false.
July 24, 2013 - Nova Scotia is considering new regulations that would make it easier to maintain a sustainable wood harvesting industry and is looking for feedback from Nova Scotians.
July 23, 2013, Baltimore, Maryland - The Canadian boreal forest is one of the world's great natural treasures. Stretching from the Yukon in the west to Newfoundland and Labrador in the east, this ecologically diverse region contains the largest blocks of intact forest and wetlands left on Earth.
July 19, 2013 – The province of Nova Scotia will ban whole-tree and full-tree harvesting to ensure that the forestry sector remains sustainable for the future.
July 18, 2013, Prince George, BC - The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) has released a position paper outlining the historical growth and significance of BC's wood pellet sector, and detailing the changes needed to BC's fibre allocation regime if the sector is to remain competitive.
March 5, 2013, North Bay, ON – Companies are being invited to come together to help develop solutions for the challenges facing Northern Ontario’s renewable energy sector.
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