Sustainability
Biomass on the coast of British Columbia is still underutilized and needs the push of municipal or provincial government to gain full use, says a Squamish, B.C., contractor.
Feb. 11, 2012, London - Petroleum giant BP has released its Energy Outlook 2030, which shows renewable energy growing the fastest of all fuels, with natural gas leading among fossil fuels.
Feb. 10. 2012, New Rochelle, NY - An extensive review article in Industrial Biotechnology describes using 21st century tools and technologies to manage land use, maximize biomass production, and increase the efficiency of processes for extracting energy from renewable resources.
Jan. 30. 2012 - Renewable energy mergers and acquisitions rose 40 percent last year when compared to the previous year, according to consulting firm PwC.
Jan. 25, 2012, Copenhagen, DM - Bloomberg New Energy Finance launched its report “Moving towards a next-generation ethanol economy,” which estimates the socioeconomic prospects of deploying advanced biofuels.
Jan 15, 2012, Longview, WA - Three Puget Sound-area conservation groups have dropped their challenge to construction of a biomass energy expansion at Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging, the largest of its kind in the state.
Jan. 11, 2012, Boulder, CO - According to a new report from Pike Research, worldwide biomass power generation capacity will grow to at least 86 gigawatts (GW) by 2021, and a total investment of $104 billion from 2008 to 2021.
Dec. 21, 2011, Montreal, QC - Hydro-Québec has launched a program that seeks to buy 150 megawatts of power from forest biomass plants.
Dec 12, 2011, Copenhagen - The newly elected Danish centre-left government has set Denmark on a radical decarbonisation course. It has raised the CO2-reduction target from 20 to 40 per cent by 2020 and wants a complete phasing out of all fossil fuel use by 2050.
Dec. 6, 2011, Calgary, AB - GHG Emissions Corp. announced that the much anticipated Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions Registry, for voluntary carbon offset projects, is now in operation and showcasing projects for private investment and industrial offset commitments.
Nov. 29, 2011, UK - After a long delay, the United Kingdom's Renewable Heat Initiative (RHI) is now open and accepting applications.
Nov 24, 2011, Ottawa - According to the latest Natural Resources Canada overview The State of Canada's Forest: 2011 Annual Report, harvest levels nationwide have fallen sharply in recent years to levels far below those deemed sustainable by provincial regulations.
Nov. 8, 2011, Sainte-Clotilde-de-Châteauguay, QC - Later this month, a Montreal greenhouse will install a high-technology biomass heating system, using the same technology utilized for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Recent media reports have suggested that one of Canada’s oldest economic sectors, the forest products industry, is becoming a bit tarnished
Oct 17, 2011, Toronto - Canadian university professors from Queens and McGill have made a public call for a concerted approach to second-generation biofuels.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, or so the saying goes.
Every  summer a large number of communities face the threat of wildfires.
Last spring, I participated in a field visit organized by the Canadian Forest Service in Ontario.
Harvesting forest residues for biomass means new hope for many sawmill owners and contractors, and many such projects have been announced recently. However, some four years ago, before this strong tendency to develop diversification strategies, an idea was born in the minds of the leaders of two organizations in eastern Quebec:
During the 17th century, there was a high level of commercial activity around wood ash in Nouvelle-France. Settlers were clearing forestland for crop cultivation, creating large amounts of residual wood that was not needed for fuel or construction material.

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