Sustainability
Aug. 17, 2018 - Trees are growing more rapidly due to climate change. This sounds like good news. After all, this means that trees are storing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in their wood and hence taking away the key ingredient in global warming. But is it that simple? A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) analyzed wood samples from the oldest existing experimental areas spanning a period of 150 years — and reached a surprising conclusion.
July 13, 2018 - A new report from researchers from IIASA, Luleå University of Technology (LTU), and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden has shown that more biorefineries, which produce bio-based fuels and chemicals, will have only a small effect on the availability and pricing of wood products and feedstocks.
June 25, 2018 - Resource jobs are the key to building strong communities, the CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada says. Derek Nighbor says Canadian industries will continue to work with Ottawa in the hope of addressing cross-border trade issues and regulatory challenges that impact their competitiveness.
May 1, 2018 - Irving Pulp and Paper and Irving Tissue of Saint John, N.B., says it will undergo a $40-million investment. Eighty-four New Brunswick companies will be working on the modernization, accounting for $29 million of the investment.
April 27, 2018 - Ingredient technology and manufacturing company Comet has developed a technology that converts farmers’ agricultural residues into high-quality, sustainable ingredients.
March 29, 2018 - Did you know it is possible to grow trees to maturity in 15 years in Quebec? This impressive feat was achieved by Domtar with the hybrid poplar production program it launched in 1997 to increase its wood supply. A seven-fold increase in the wood yield of the natural forest has meant the paper giant is now able to add to its conservation efforts while maintaining its wood supply.
Feb. 23, 2018 - Every year, several thousand tons of treated wood waste is buried, incinerated, or mixed with untreated wood waste. The management of this waste is problematic because treated wood contains preservatives such as arsenic, chromium, and copper to slow its deterioration. To remedy this, INRS researchers have found a simple, effective, and environmentally friendly solution. They have developed a process that successfully removed more than 90 per cent of the contaminants present in treated wood waste in experiments conducted on a small scale in the laboratory. Thanks to an Idea to Innovation Grant from the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), professors Jean-François Blais and Guy Mercier and their team will be able to assess the performance of this process on a larger scale in order to determine its technical and economic feasibility.
Jan. 30, 2018 - Silvacom Ltd. and Alberta Innovates are pleased to announce that the Bio-Resource Information Management System (BRIMS) is now available for public use.
Dec. 29, 2017 - With BC Hydro's Site C Clean Energy project coming underway in northeast B.C., some are worried the project will drive BC Hydro away from pursuing bioenergy goals.
Dec. 20, 2017 - Canada's non-hydro renewable power capacity grew by more than eight per cent in 2016, adding nearly 1,300 megawatts (MW) of solar, biomass and wind-generated power, according to the National Energy Board's (NEB) 2017 update of the Canada's Renewable Power Landscape report.
Nov. 29, 2017 – Getting technology and innovations to a commercial scale may present unique challenges, but failure isn’t a bad thing, as Sébastien Corbeil of Quebec company CelluForce highlighted on Day Two of Scaling Up 2017.
Nov. 28, 2017 – It’s a long road to scaling up, but success is possible.
Nov. 27, 2017 - “It’s clear we’re at the threshold of the bio-age,” Kim Rudd, parliamentary secretary to the minister of natural resources, tells the crowd at an industry event held in Ottawa.
Oct. 31, 2017 - Enviva, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, released its latest Track & Trace sourcing data, demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to a sustainable and transparent supply chain. These data are a key tool used to measure, maintain and validate the company’s sustainability practices throughout the Southeastern United States.
Oct. 24, 2017 - Natural Resources Canada annual State of Canada’s Forests Report for 2017 includes a focus on the country's growing bioeconomy.
Sept. 19, 2017 - With over 12 years of trials, research, and successful results, Lignition Corporation technology and agricultural products prove to be part of the solution to the world's looming carbon dioxide over abundance challenge. 
Sept. 15, 2017 - Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve has partnered with Bluesource Canada to leverage the value generated by the Ontario carbon market to commit to long-term stewardship that maximizes CO2 emissions sequestered by the forest.
Aug. 18, 2017 - South Carolina's Clemson University scientists have received a federal grant to evaluate the effectiveness of producing biofuels to mitigate climate change.
Aug. 3, 2017 - The website www.heatlocal.ca was recently built and launched as a new initiative to further Canadian knowledge about the benefits of heating with wood products.
June 19, 2017 - A new study recently published in Nature Communications by scientists at Environment and Climate Change Canada discovered a missing link in lower-atmosphere ozone formation: our forests.
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