Ottawa funds research to help pulp mills adopt RNG tech
April 18, 2019 - The federal government has earmarked $2.38 million to fund a research project at the University of British Columbia that will test clean technologies that generate renewable natural gas (RNG) from forest residues.
The project’s goal is to facilitate pulp mills adopting clean technology that will produce affordable biofuel to power the mills or be sold to export markets.
According to a government press release, UBC expects the project to result in $84 million in additional revenue as pulp mills retrofit operations to include RNG production.
“B.C.’s forests have tremendous potential as a source of clean, renewable materials and energy as well as jobs, and UBC is supporting the BC Pulp and Paper Bio-Alliance to achieve that vision,” Santa J. Ono, UBC president and vice-chancellor, said in the release. “This new investment will accelerate the research and testing that is bringing that vision to life – and ultimately help achieve carbon reduction targets for B.C. and Canada.”