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Daily Archives: February 10, 2012

Business & Politics

Mercer International Inc. enters into a support agreement to acquire Fibrek Inc.

DigitalJournal.com (press release)
February 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

MONTREAL – Fibrek Inc. and Mercer International Inc. announced today that they have entered into a support agreement (the “Support Agreement”) pursuant to which Mercer will offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Fibrek (the “Mercer Offer”) by way of take-over bid.

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Resolute Announces that Fibrek’s Shareholder Rights Plan has been Cease Traded

Canada News Wire press release
February 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – AbitibiBowater Inc., doing business as Resolute Forest Products (“Resolute”), today announced that the Bureau de décision et de révision (Québec) has ordered that all rights and securities issued or issuable under the shareholder rights plan (the “Rights Plan”) of Fibrek Inc.(“Fibrek”) be cease traded effective as of 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on February 13, 2012.

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Pulp maker Fibrek says it has struck a friendly deal to be bought by Mercer International

Canadian Press
February 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Pulp producer Fibrek Inc. says it has struck a friendly 170 million dollar deal to be acquired by Vancouver-based Mercer International Inc. The Montreal-based pulp maker said early Friday the Mercer cash and share bid tops a 130 million dollar offer by Resolute Forest Products, the former AbitibiBowater. Fibrek had rejected the Resolute bid as too low and as an “insider” offer, since Resolute has extensive operational knowledge of the company’s Saint-Felicien mill in Quebec, which it built and formerly owned.

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Forest industry appreciates Prime Minister’s promotion of Canadian lumber exports to China

By Forest Products Association of Canada
Digital Journal (press release)
February 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA  – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has highlighted the exceptional growth of Canadian lumber exports to China. The industry recognizes the important partnership role the federal government has played in its success in China through programs to support the industry’s market diversification efforts overseas. The Prime Minister today visited the China-Canada Green Building Design Centre, one of the largest wood frame buildings in China, to underscore Canada’s achievement as China’s largest supplier of lumber. “We value this government’s promotion of our lumber exports, especially in China, which is by far our fastest growing export market,” says Avrim Lazar, the President and CEO of FPAC.

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Court okays financing

Catalyst Paper clears first hurdle
Powell River Peak
February 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper Corporation has received approval to draw on financing available during a restructuring process through the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). The Supreme Court of BC approved debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing on Friday, February 3. JP Morgan is providing up to about 175 million to Catalyst during the CCAA proceeding, which, combined with the company’s operating revenue, is expected to provide sufficient liquidity to meet ongoing obligations to employees and suppliers.

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Canfor Pulp shutdown won’t affect workers

Prince George Citizen
February 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Pulp’s P.G.-Intercon complex is due for an extended shutdown this summer to carry out $20.5 million worth of work on a boiler and to complete the last of four government-assisted upgrades. The work will be carried out over June and July and the complex’s 625 employees will remain on the job, Canfor Pulp spokesperson David Scott said Thursday. “We’re going to continue to operate the parts of the mill that aren’t affected by the project and we’ll have all the employees involved in other maintenance work during this capital project so everyone’s going to be very busy.”

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Viridis Energy purchases Nova Scotia pellet mill

By Luke Geiver
Biomass Power and Thermal
February 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada, Canada West

Viridis Energy is bringing a pellet mill back online in Upper Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia, increasing the mill’s export shipment volumes from 6,000 metric tons of wood pellets to 25,000 metric tons. British Columbia-based Viridis acquired the former Enligna Canada Inc. pellet mill for roughly $2.5 million and renamed it Scotia Atlantic Biomass Co.

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Bowater owner’s cuts cost Six Million Dollars

Severance among costs of Resolute workforce reduction
The Chronicle Herald
February 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products Inc.paid six million dollars in severance and other costs for a workforce reduction at the Bowater Mersey paper mill in Brooklyn, Queens County, last year. That number was part of the preliminary fourth-quarter and 2011 financial results released Thursday by the Montreal-based forestry giant.

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Signs of life seen for mill

The Chronicle Journal
February 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

An unexpected meeting in Thunder Bay this week with representatives from a Chinese forestry company has left Terrace Bay’s mayor optimistic about the future of his town’s idle pulp mill. “We just happened to be in Thunder Bay at the same time, and it gave us an opportunity to give (the Chinese officials) some insight into our community,” Mike King said Thursday, a day after the chance meeting. King said that by coincidence, he and a handful of other municipal officials were staying at the same Thunder Bay hotel as the Chinese forestry reps.  A consultant working for the Chinese officials recognized King and arranged for a meeting Wednesday night.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Hardwood Pricing Supply Trend: Weekly Report

The Woodworking Network
February 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Hardwood lumber sales in January were a bit better than expected, but February has been quiet so far. Sawmills reported that margins are very poor or nonexistent. Log supplies continued to be impacted by wet and warmer than normal weather. Regardless of the weather, many loggers were finding ways to bring in enough logs to keep mills operating.

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Rethink building code

Letter to the Editor by Gary Schofield
Edmonton Journal
February 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Fire sweeps through Fort McMurray condominium,” The Journal, Feb. 7. Another disastrous condominium fire in Fort McMurray. Over the past while, there have been a number of such incidents. It was perhaps foolish that many of the ten-ants had propane tanks on their balconies. There is also the suggestion that smoke detectors were non-functional. The fact that the wing was destroyed within a few minutes speaks to the construction of such buildings. Many of these apartment-style condominiums are of wood frame construction and have little in the way of a fire-suppression system. Fire barriers are required between floors or suites, but most are minimal.

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Old-fashioned timber framing goes up for new Missoula home

By Jenna Cederberg
The Missoulian
February 9, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A major piece of art was installed in the dream home of Deborah Marbut and Dan Burger this week, long before the carpet gets laid or the place is painted. The art is the home’s structure, its bones, a magnificent set of wooden frames built by Centennial Timber Frames. The framework sets off what will be the great room of the home being constructed off Mullan Road.

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Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper Celebrates 5 Years of the Green Range With the Launch of Online Green Modules

By Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper 
The Paper Index Times
February 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Vienna, Austria – Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper (UFP) has launched an online training tool, the Green Modules, to provide customers with an educational tool and information about sustainable paper production. Mondi created the online microsite, which is accessible to the wider public by registering online and provides unlimited access to the modules. “The Green Modules presents an opportunity to learn more about and contribute to sustainable development. Everyone who participates in the Green Modules helps to plant a tree in Guatemala. Mondi first became involved with OroVerde’s “Guatemala – Tree for Tree” project last year during the 2011 Year of the Forest, when we donated 1 percent of the net proceeds of all Green Range certified copy paper sold on November 15th. 

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Green Building vs Sustainability

DesignBuild Source Australia
February 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

We in the construction and design industry are currently going through a greenwash, a saturation of sustainability. In fact, we may be creating it. This public sense of exhaustion and lack of understanding in response to environmentally conscious mentalities and building processes, anything labeled ‘green’ to be precise, is causing an increased apathy in the entire sector and is impacting the communication of projects and concepts. Yet we are only adding fuel to the fire. We in this industry, and even those who are not, are confusing two key terms; that of Green Building and Sustainability, in turn creating confusion through misrepresented and easily misunderstood jargon. …Green building and sustainability do not mean the same thing. In fact the two terms are hardly interchangeable. Yet we in this industry do it all the time.

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Forestry

Illegal firewood cutting on the rise

Violation tickets cost $173 and officials seize the wood
Powell River Peak
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Illegally cutting down trees to use for firewood is a serious problem throughout the province, but especially in the south coast region. In the Powell River area, the problem is growing as more people are going into the backcountry to cut trees on Crown land without the appropriate permit. Mark Scott, compliance and enforcement officer with the ministry of forests, lands and natural resource operations, said a lot of the wood that is being illegally cut has a high value. “We would normally be collecting a fair chunk of change from stumpage revenue on it,” he said. “Its best use isn’t for firewood, it would be for lumber production.”

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Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe

February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Before Charlotte Gill, 40, of Powell River, B.C., became a prize-winning short-story author (Ladykiller, 2005) she was a tree planter. A professional tree planter, in fact, and for 17 years—long enough to plant a million seedlings on the West Coast’s windblown mountaintops, mist-shrouded sodden valleys and all the terrain in between. It was a job of constant physical misery and intermittent moments of emotional and intellectual clarity, a job she loved and loathed. And one Gill had to write about, in Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe, nominated for the Charles Taylor Prize, to fully grasp the pull it exerted on her and her companions, and still does. “We still think of ourselves as planters,” she says.

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Keep the Chainsaws out of Clayoquot

By  Sven Biggs | Outreach Director Wilderness Committee
Peace Earth and Justice News
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Flores Island, the largest island in the heart of Clayoquot Sound, is the home to some of the world’s last remaining spectacular old-growth temperate rainforests and it is at risk from logging. Iisaak Forest Resources is seeking permits for helicopter log-drop zones in the waters off the east side of the Island. What makes this so alarming is that back in 1999 Iisaak signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a coalition of environmental groups including the Wilderness Committee that was intended to end the “war in the woods.” The core of this agreement is the identification of unprotected intact watersheds areas that were to be off limits from logging. The forest on Flores Island that Iissak is seeking to log is in one of those areas.

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A war in the woods?

By Ian Jacques
Coast Reporter
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A potential war in the woods might be brewing after the news this week that B.C. Timber Sales (BCTS) intends to proceed with auctioning off a controversial cutblock in Mount Elphinstone. We understand BCTS’s position is they wish to provide local employment opportunities, and they are mandated to generate provincial revenue. However, given not only the public outcry, but the local government concern over possible logging in this cutblock, is it not prudent for BCTS to take a step back and delay the sale until more discussion and consultation with Coast residents and politicians can take place?

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Caribou in Sask. need unique plan

By Gord Vaadeland
StarPhoenix
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vaadeland is executive director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s (CPAWS) Saskatchewan chapter. Saskatchewan’s boreal woodland caribou are in trouble. They have already disappeared from much of their original range, mainly the parkland areas in the southern boreal forest. Scientific evidence is strong that caribou populations dwindle when large, intact forests are fragmented by human disturbances, which historically have included logging, mining, hydroelectric corridors, seismic lines and agricultural conversion, as well as roads associated with these developments. Such disturbances are now spreading into even the most remote boreal areas.

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Cathedral Grove is thrust into national spotlight

Alberni Valley Times
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Vancouver Island gem Cathedral Grove (MacMillan Provincial Park) has the chance to be named one of the greatest places in Canada. Votes from Alberni Valley residents and across the province are needed to boost this valued public space. Cathedral Grove has been entered into the Great Places in Canada contest, mounted by the Canadian Institute of Planners. …”Cathedral Grove is pretty iconic for the Island and the West Coast of Canada,” McRuer said. “It is a big draw for visitors and in our public interest to promote it.”  He added that many people don’t know how unique trees in the Grove are. The oldest tree in the park is registered as the sixth largest Douglas fir tree ever recorded in Canada.

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Breathing for us

February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Trees are the lungs of the earth — inhaling carbon dioxide and exhaling oxygen. The health of our own lungs may in fact be more interconnected with surrounding trees than we may think, according to Trees Ontario ( www.treesontario.ca), the largest tree planting partnership in North America. While the production of oxygen, purification of air, protection against soil erosion, the sequestering of carbon, and the countless other benefits provided by trees is well known, health benefits of trees have largely been overlooked.

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Future of Oregon Forests Debated on Television

Global Debate Blog
February 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

MEDFORD – The imminent loss of federal support to Oregon’s forested counties to replace timber receipts of the past is fueling a spirited debate about increasing logging in those counties. Sparks from that debate were on display Tuesday night during a forum hosted by Southern Oregon Public Television andEarthFix, a regional collaboration of public media in the Northwest. “Local Focus: Dollars and Trees” brought together a diverse panel, including Steve Swanson, president of the Swanson Group, which mills lumber and plywood in Oregon, and Eugene-based environmentalist Doug Heiken of Oregon Wild. Some of the forum’s sharpest exchanges came as panelists debated legislation being drawn up by a bipartisan trio in Oregon’s congressional delegation proposing allow more logging on a portion of western Oregon forests now controlled by the Bureau of Land Management.

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USFS $40 million to manage forests in 10 projects

TSPN TV NEWS
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Amador County – The U.S. Forest Service funded 10 new Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration projects across the country last week, including a joint Amador and Calaveras county project that will receive $730,000, and part of $40 million for similar projects in the program. …John Heil of U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region said in the accelerated restoration strategy, 23 forest and watershed restoration projects will be funded for the upcoming year, with $40 million, including 10 new projects under the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program. It also included continued funding for the original 10 projects selected in 2010, and an additional $4.6 million to support other high priority restoration projects.

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Funds for forest grooming good for wildlife, water, fire prevention

By Becky Kramer
The Spokesman Review
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two local forests could receive more than $90 million over the next decade for projects that would create jobs in the woods, reduce the risk of catastrophic forest fires and improve wildlife habitat and water quality. The Colville and Idaho Panhandle national forests were among 13 national forests chosen for millions of dollars worth of restoration projects.

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Congressional effort to renew timber payments ongoing

Lawmakers also continue to press an alternative allowing logging on BLM land
The Register-Guard
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Efforts by Oregon’s congressional delegation continue in Washington, D.C., both to re-approve so-called federal timber payments in the short-term and develop new revenue for counties in the long term. The U.S. Senate is tackling the timber payments re-authorization issue. Payments were first instituted in 2000 as compensation to rural counties, parishes, and boroughs across the nation for revenues they lost after environmental concerns caused a sharp decline in logging on federal lands. The funding has since twice been extended, at a reduced level, in last-minute deals.

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Environmental group opposes weakening LURC

Bangor Daily News
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine environmental advocacy group is urging legislators to not weaken the powers of a regulatory agency that oversees te state’s vast Unorganized Territory. Environment Maine on Thursday delivered 17,000 letters, postcards, petitions and emails from Maine residents to the State House in opposition to proposed legislation it says would weaken the scope and power of the Land Use Regulation Commission. The commission regulates development in the 10-million-acre region.

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Governor proclaims Thousand Cankers Disease a threat to Illinois’ walnut trees

Aledo Times Record
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Springfield, Ill. — Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD) to be a viable threat to Illinois’ native Black Walnut tree population. Quinn approved regulatory measures this month to restrict the movement of potentially-infested products into Illinois as a preventative measure to protect the economical and environmental well-being of Illinois’ walnut tree industry. “Illinois has 2.3 million acres of forests that may contain black walnut and be susceptible to this disease,” H.W. Devlin, Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, said. “Though TCD currently is not known to be here, these measures were warranted to protect our state’s walnut resources.”

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Billboard rules bow to wrong kind of green

Charlotte Observer
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A simple question for your Sunday drive: Would North Carolina be better off with more billboards or more trees? The N.C. legislature, led by Republicans, is choosing billboards. We urge it to reconsider before the chainsaws start rumbling. Newly approved rules that take effect in March could cost North Carolina tens of thousands of trees. Those rules, approved last month to accompany a 2011 billboard law, allow outdoor advertising companies to cut more trees than ever without having to replace them, the (Raleigh) News & Observer reported. 

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Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) Addresses NGO Campaign Targeting US Supermarkets

Press Release by Asia Pulp & Paper group
National Post
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP)today is responding to a report issued by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) about APP customers’ tissue brands Paseo and Livi sold in the U.S. WWF has launched a campaign targeted at U.S. supermarkets to be more discerning in choosing the tissue paper they supply to consumers. “The issues that WWF raise in the report are important and we take them seriously in our organization. We agree with WWF that consumers should not have to choose between tigers and toilet paper, and that companies like APP play a crucial role in ensuring that Americans have a choice of high quality, sustainably sourced paper products,” remarked Aida Greenbury, APP’s managing director of sustainability and stakeholder relations.

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Trees mark Queen’s anniversary year

February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

West Cumberland Lions planted the trees this week to mark the anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952. The 420 trees were free from the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods Project, which will fund new woods across the country to mark the jubilee.

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Forest peace funds flow to the regions

Tasmania’s aquaculture and agricultural industries are the big winners in the first round of regional development funding designed to create jobs for displaced forest workers.
ABC Online
February 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Regional Development Minister Simon Crean crossed the state today to announce where the government is directing about half of the $20 million allocated for economic stimulus projects under Tasmania’s Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) this financial year. Overall, the federally-funded peace deal to end logging in most of Tasmania’s public native forests provides $120 million over five years.

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World’s biggest trees face dire future

Prokerala News
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The world’s biggest and most magnificent trees face a dire future – thanks to logging, deforestation, pest invasions and effects of climate change. William Laurance, professor at James Cook University, warned that their demise will have substantial impact on biodiversity and forest ecology and worsen climate change too. Reviewing research from forests around the world, Laurance wrote in the New Scientist magazine that “big trees need a safe place to live and long periods of stability. But time and stability are becoming very rare commodities in our modern world”. Giant trees offer critical habitat and forage for wildlife, while transpiring massive amounts of water through their leaves – contributing to local rainfall. Old trees also lock up massive amounts of carbon.

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Use of Aurora as illegal log transport route scored

The Philippine Enquirer
February 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Environment advocates are demanding a stop to the continued transport of lumber out of Aurora province which, they said, was a way to skirt the nationwide ban on commercial logging. Members of the Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance Inc. (SSMNA) wrote to Environment Secretary Ramon Paje on Feb. 1 to report that at least 11,000 board feet of red and white lauan had been hauled by boat from the San Roque sawmill in Barangay Dikapinisan in San Luis town to Dingalan town, both in Aurora. Copies of several permits obtained by the SSMNA covered a total of 739,668 board feet of lumber, said the alliance chair, Fr. Pete Montallana.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

‘The environmental movement has lost its way’

Financial Post
February 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

Professor Ian Clark just does not see any evidence of oil sands contributing to global warming. That’s quite a stand to take in the face of a global environmental community that considers the development of the Canadian heavy oil industry tantamount to hastening the end of the world.  But Prof. Clark can claim to know a bit more about the science behind climate change than the average person. As a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa, he focuses on paleoclimatology — the study of changes in climate taken on the scale of the entire history of earth — and isotope hydrology, which determines the age of ice or snow, which can help indicate climate conditions in the past.

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Get Ready for Forest Footprint Disclosure

By Raz Godelnik
Triple Pundit
February 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

If you were wondering what the next step in corporate transparency is, you got an answer earlier this week. Companies all over the world have been working in the last couple of years with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) to disclose, manage and eventually reduce their carbon footprint and later on their water footprint. Now, another project, the Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD), is working similarly with companies on their impact on forests. This week they released their third annual report.

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Wood pellet producers ask federal government for help

Bangor Daily News
February 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

CORINTH, Maine — Wood pellet heating is catching on at a slower rate than its leaders would like to see, but with some support from the federal government it could “go viral,” according to the owner of a local pellet producer. Representatives of Maine’s pellet industry, including three owners of wood pellet companies and Dutch Dresser, president of the Maine Pellet Fuels Association, met with Dallas Tonsager, undersecretary for U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, on Thursday morning at Corinth Wood Pellets. They asked for the USDA’s support in boosting the alternative heating method.

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Will NH have a say in developing a regional low-carbon fuel standard?

By Bob Sanders 
New Hampshire Business Review
February 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Over the past few years, New Hampshire and 10 other states have been looking to develop a low-carbon standard for transportation fuels. The program would be market based – similar to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and the same states would be involved, with the addition of Pennsylvania. The plan, proponents say, would create an independent energy infrastructure, slow global warming and would have benefits for New Hampshire’s wood industry.

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Leith ruled out for Forth Energy biomass plant

BBC News
February 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A company behind proposals to create biomass plants at four Scottish ports has withdrawn its plans for a facility at Leith. Forth Energy said it was re-assessing the situation after proposals were unveiled to develop the Port of Leith as a hub for offshore renewable energy manufacture and support. The company is a joint venture between Forth Ports and SSE. It said it remained committed to plants at Dundee, Grangemouth and Rosyth.

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Rob Oakeshott delivers blow to Greens with move on wood waste ban

KEY independent Rob Oakeshott will move to overturn a ban on native forest wood waste being counted in the carbon tax package as renewable energy in a major blow for Greens leader Bob Brown and his deputy Christine Milne.
The Australian
February 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Senator Brown said last night the removal of native forest waste, which is burnt to generate electricity, from the renewable energy target had been “critical” to the Greens signing on to the Clean Energy Future package last July and that he had called Mr Oakeshott yesterday and urged him to withdraw his motion to disallow the regulation introducing the ban. The government is also attempting to head off the bid. 

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MPs’ change of heart on tax

Sydney Morning Herald
February 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Crossbench MPs Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor have backed out of what the Greens say was a ”critical” part of the carbon tax deal, moving to allow the forestry industry to continue burning native woodchips as renewable energy. In a manoeuvre that will infuriate conservationists, the two independents have moved to strike down regulations in the Parliament that were set to tighten the definition of renewable energy to exclude electricity created from burning waste woodchips from native forests.

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