Canadian Biomass Magazine

Total-Western joins Ecostrat as BDO Zone Strategic Alliance Partner

January 20, 2022
By Ecostrat

Ecostrat is pleased to announce that Total-Western has joined as a BDO Zone Strategic Alliance Partner in the Technology Group. BDO Zone Strategic Alliance Partners are best-of-kind companies that help de-risk bio-based project development in BDO Zones.

“At Total-Western, our vision is to build and maintain a successful and sustainable future and partnering with the BDO Zone Strategic Alliance allows us to turn that vision into a reality,” says Payman Farrokhyar, president of Total-Western. “We are thrilled to support new businesses that are eager to contribute to a sustainable future – especially local ones that can help our community thrive in the renewables space.”

Jordan Solomon, president of Ecostrat, states, “A BDO Zone rating signals that a region has undergone rigorous and extensive due diligence using over 100 standardized, transparent, and validated risk indicators based on the BSCR Standards for bio-based investment. ‘A’ and ‘AA’ BDO Zone Ratings identify areas in the country best positioned for low-risk bioeconomy project development.

BDO Zones do three key things: they help project developers identify new project locations easier and faster; they help investors more quickly deploy capital in these regions; and they help communities create new clean energy jobs. Oftentimes, small communities don’t have the platform of the credibility to promote themselves as great areas for future bio-based development. BDO Zone designations change that and raise the flag over these communities as some of the best areas in the country to build the next bio-based plant.”


American biomass provides an economic development engine with the potential to create 160,000 jobs and nearly $15 billion of economic benefit. The BDO Zone Initiative can help the U.S. realize this potential by supporting new market development for American bioenergy, advanced biofuels, bio-based heat and power, bio-materials, and clean hydrogen.

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