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Untying Gordian Knot photo
Micah Larsen (left) and Paul Larsen (right) standing by Larsen Family Farm's imported Heizomat 100 kW biomass boiler in Prince Edward Island, the only Canadian province that permits EN 303-5 certified boilers such as this one. Photo credit: Daniel Larsen.

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Greath Northern Timber
Miles Wright, operations manager for Great Northern Timber Resources’ pellet operation in Nova Scotia, says the new owner’s supply chain integration will give them fibre security.

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WPAC co firing report
Biomass co-firing power plants in Japan.


From Feb. 25-27, WPAC's executive director Gordon Murray attended the IEA Clean Coal Centre (IEACCC)’s annual workshop on co-firing biomass with coal in Kokura, Japan. WPAC was a platinum workshop sponsor. Participants included government agencies, regulators, power utilities, biomass and equipment suppliers, consultants and academia. At the workshop, Gordon gave a presentation called, “Demonstrating that electricity production from solid biomass is both low-carbon and sustainable.” The presentation was intended to further burnish Canada’s reputation as a reliable supplier of high-quality pellets produced from sustainably managed forests.

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INTERIOR BC A127 465
Beetle salvage management area with Douglas fir retention near Quesnel, B.C. Photo credit: Moresby Creative. Used with permission from Forestry Innovation Investment.

On May 20, 2020, the Sustainable Biomass Program will embark on an official standards review process to occur over the next 18 months. This will be the first review since SBP’s six standards were first released in 2015 and a test of the multi-stakeholder governance that was implemented in 2019. Presently SBP’s standards cover feedstock compliance, verification procedures, requirements for certification bodies, chain of custody, collecting and communicating greenhouse gas data and calculating energy and carbon balance. Click here to view a summary of SBP’s Standards Review Process.

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BC Risk Assessment photo

The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) recently completed a draft Regional Risk Assessment (RRA) of woody biomass fuels produced in British Columbia and is now seeking public input.

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