bioeconomy
The new methodology used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for setting annual Renewable Fuel Standards continues to chill investment in advanced biofuels, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) finds in a new analysis. The organization says investment patterns clearly demonstrate that EPA is sending a sustained market signal that disincentivizes advanced biofuels, causing a $22.4 billion shortfall in necessary investment.
Published in Industry News
An online tool to help match job openings at Canadian forest products companies with job seekers, and provide detailed labour market information about the sector, has been launched by Forest Products Association of Canada and the federal government.
Published in Industry News
The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) met June 8 in Dawson City, Yukon, to renew its commitment to key challenges and opportunities for Canada's forests and forest sector.
Published in Industry News
Domtar is investing of $36 million for the installation of a second biomass-based generating unit with a power output of 18 MW at its Windsor mill in Quebec.
Published in Industry News
The 2016 PacWest conference wrapped up on June 11 after three days of informative technical and business oriented sessions held at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper, Alta. Attendance at the event has been growing over the past few years, reaching about 250 delegates this year plus about 50 attendees for the spousal program.
Published in Industry News
Various experts speaking at the PacWest conference on June 9 noted that a commodity product approach won’t work for the Canadian pulp and paper industry as it develops bioproducts.
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Celluforce is reporting growing interest in its innovative green chemistry product called cellulose nanocrystals (CNC). The Canadian company has recorded, over the first half of 2016, the largest CNC shipment volumes since its inception.
Published in Industry News
The Swedish research institute Innventia has published the third in its series of forward-looking reports that have gained a lot of international attention in recent years. With this report, A Cellulose-Based Society, Innventia focuses on the conditions for a vital social transformation – from a fossil-based and linear society where products are produced, used and then thrown away, to a biobased and circular society where “waste” as we think of it today will not exist and where all material will find a new use once it has served its initial purpose.
Published in Sustainability
Evergreen Packaging has introduced a new line of cup stock made with renewable materials, including bio-based polyethylene. The company says this cup stock is one of the first of its kind. It is suitable for both hot and cold applications.
Published in Sustainability
A Canadian biofuels organization has re-launched under the name Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada). The change – from the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association – reinforces the 32 year-old association’s mission to promote the use of value-added products made from renewable resources.
Published in Green Energy
Canfor Pulp has formed a joint venture with an Australian company to possibly integrate its Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR) upgrading platform into Canfor Pulp's kraft and mechanical pulp mills to economically convert biomass, including wood residues from Canfor Pulp's kraft pulping processes, into biocrude oil. The biocrude can then be used to produce next generation biofuels and biochemicals.
Published in Industry News
FPInnovations and Bioénergie La Tuque (BELT) have signed a collaboration agreement to investigate and construct a next-generation biorefinery demonstration facility in the city of La Tuque, Que.
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Valmet and Biochemtex have launched a development project centered on the conversion of lignin into biochemicals. The collaboration will combine and adapt Valmet’s LignoBoost technology for the extraction of purified lignin from black liquor and Biochemtex's Moghi proprietary technology for the conversion of lignin into biofuels and biochemicals.
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AkzoNobel and agro-industrial cooperative Royal Cosun have formed a partnership to develop novel products from cellulose side streams resulting from sugar beet processing.
Published in Innovation
Finnish pulp producer Stora Enso has announced a joint development and license agreement to cooperate on bio-based chemicals development with California-based Rennovia, a specialty chemicals company.
Published in Innovation
The Canadian forest products industry is pledging to help Canada move to a low-carbon economy by removing 30 megatonnes (MT) of CO2 per year by 2030 – more than 13 per cent of the Canadian government’s emissions target.
Published in Sustainability
The Québec government has announced who will lead the five major workshop groups it has tasked with identifying the problems and finding solutions and methods that will help the forest products industry to move forward.
Published in Industry News
Exports of wood pellets from North America totaled 6.1 million tons in 2015, which is almost four times as much as in 2010, according to the latest issue of the North American Wood Fiber Review. In the second half of 2015, export volumes from Southern Gulf ports were up almost 70 per cent.
Published in Trends
PAPTAC will host the 2017 International Chemical Recovery Conference in Halifax. The event will run from May 24-26, 2017.
Published in Conferences/Shows
B.C Hydro spent $17.5 million last year to not buy power from eight producers of biomass energy in the province, according to a story in the Vancouver Sun.
Published in Green Energy

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