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Daily Archives: September 4, 2012

Business & Politics

FPAC welcomes David Lindsay as new President and CEO

Canada Newswire press release
September 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA, – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is today welcoming new leadership as David Lindsay assumes the role of President and CEO at a time of great transformation in the Canadian forestry sector. “We are delighted to welcome someone of David’s caliber and experience,” said the Chairman of the FPAC Board of Directors, Jim Lopez, the President and CEO of Tembec. “He is the ideal person to build on the extraordinary momentum in our industry as it continues to become more innovative, more environmentally friendly and more global in its reach.”

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Lumber markets in the US improving

IHB
September 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The North American lumber market has, to a large extent, been a buyers market since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008, but is now shifting to a sellers market with the increase in demand for lumber by the huge US market. In May, lumber consumption in the US was 13 % higher than in May of 2011. The May 2012 consumption level was actually the highest seen for the month of May since 2008.

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Largest of the old-growth sawmills faces wreckers’ ball (with video)

by Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
August 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The largest of the old-growth log sawmills on the Fraser River is being demolished, signalling the decline of the big timber logging that built British Columbia. It’s the second time in the old mill’s long history it has been slated for destruction, but this time, the wreckers are already at work. A piece of B.C. history, it has the simple name of B Mill, one of five custom-cutting sawmills named after letters of the alphabet at S&R Sawmills Ltd. in Surrey. The mill’s death shows just how much the forest industry has changed, said owner Donald “Chick” Stewart, 83, who bought the mill 47 years ago when it was located on False Creek.

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VIDEO: Canfor’s Playhouse Challenge at the PNE in Vancouver

Journal of Commerce
September 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor has assembled British Columbia’s best architects, wood product and construction firms together to assemble several unique playhouses that are not only currently being featured at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver but will soon travel to playgrounds across the province. Laura Ballance, the spokesperson for the PNE, gave the Journal of
Commerce a rundown of the many innovative playhouses on display and the
reaction of the public, especially young children, to the many different
designs.

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Power sales contract allows paper maker to reopen Quebec mill

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production Magazine
September 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Quebec paper mill will resume operations after Hydro-Québec agreed to purchase electricity produced by the company’s biomass-fueled cogeneration facility.  Resolute Forest Products announced plans Aug. 24 to recall employees and restart its  Dolbeau-Mistassini paper mill which has produced soft nip calendared commercial printing paper. The restart will require about 135 workers, the company said.

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First Housing, Then Weyerhaeuser

Wall Street Journal (blog)
September 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Building permits, housing starts and lumber prices are rising, all signs of a nascent recovery in the U.S. housing market. Timber giant Weyerhaeuser WY also is benefiting, as housing accounts for 84% of the company’s revenue. Weyerhaeuser’s shares have rallied 50% in the past year, to around $24, and they could keep climbing.

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Lumber tax approved by Assembly in early morning nailbiter

Sacramento Bee
September 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to impose a 1 percent lumber tax and limit wildfire liability awards cleared the Legislature early today. Assembly Bill 1492 was sent to the governor’s desk when the Assembly concurred in amendments by a vote of 54-20, the bare minimum needed for the required supermajority. The bill by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, D-Woodland Hills, passed on its second attempt in the lower house, at nearly 1:30 a.m. today. It lacked four votes in an earlier roll call. All but one Republican voted no.

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Local lumber market looking up

Longview Daily News
September 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

An improving national economy and rising housing starts have spurred growth in the struggling lumber industry. In Cowlitz County, producers say they are pleased to see the improvement, but they warn that the recovery remains slow and they aren’t yet ready to add jobs. According to the Western Wood Products Association, U.S. lumber production totalled 11.9 billion board feet in the first five months of the year, up 8 percent from the same time period in 2011. Production in West Coast mills was up 9.1 percent from January to May, the Portland-based trade group reported in early August.

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Site of cherished Dallas sawmill is sold for a steal

Statesman Journal
September 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

DALLAS, Ore. — The industrial heart of Dallas sold this week for bargain basement prices to several buyers, including one who specializes in liquidating factories. Weyerhaeuser Co.’s closed sawmill and seven other associated properties in Dallas totaling 154 acres sold for about $2.1 million at a Tuesday auction, said company spokesman Greg Miller. For some Polk County residents, the auction seemed like the death knell for a once vibrant part of the local economy. The mill opened in 1906 as the flagship operation of Willamette Industries.

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Sawmill finds new, optimistic ownership

Montrose Daily Press
September 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Some long-awaited relief may finally be in store for Montrose’s Intermountain Resources LLC, which has been purchased by a Wyoming-based company that plans to resume operations at the struggling sawmill as soon as possible. The transaction is welcome news in Montrose County, where unemployment remains stubbornly high. Jim Neiman, vice president and CEO of Neiman Enterprises Inc., said he hopes to hire 85 to 90 people in the next 10 days. Officials at the Montrose Economic Development Corporation believe the number of direct and indirect jobs will likely exceed 500 if all goes as planned.

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Minnesota loggers lose markets as mills close down

Minnesota Public Radio
August 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BEMIDJI, Minn. — August was a tough month for Minnesota’s timber industry. The Verso paper mill in Sartell and the Georgia-Pacific hardboard plant in Duluth both shut down permanently, putting 400 people out of work. The plant closings were among the latest blows to an industry that’s been on the ropes since the last recession began. In all, six mills have closed over the past five years. That’s about a third of the industry.

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Lumber firm lost at least $10 million in Ponderosa Fire

Enterprise-Record
September 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A record amount of Sierra Pacific Industries land has been torched by the wildfires burning in eastern Shasta County. The nation’s second-largest timber producer estimated that roughly 33,000 acres of its timber had burned as of Wednesday. The Ponderosa Fire alone consumed 17,600 acres of the Anderson-based company’s land from Manton east to Lassen Volcanic National Park.

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Banks fear Gunns almost out of bullets

Sydney Morning Herald
September 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

INSOLVENCY firms are circling Tasmanian woodchip exporter Gunns, jockeying for the job of taking on management of the company should it fall into administration following a shocking $904 million loss unveiled very late on Friday night. BusinessDay believes Gunns’ syndicate of lenders, led by ANZ and owed $560 million, was seriously considering appointing receivers last month.

Gunns left fighting for its life from ABC News, Australia
Axe may be poised above Gunns from The APP

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood pulp extract stronger than carbon fiber or Kevlar

GizMag
September 3, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The Forest Products Laboratory of the US Forest Service has opened a US$1.7 million pilot plant for the production of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) from wood by-products materials such as wood chips and sawdust. Prepared properly, CNCs are stronger and stiffer than Kevlar or carbon fibers, so that putting CNC into composite materials results in high strength, low weight products. In addition, the cost of CNCs is less than ten percent of the cost of Kevlar fiber or carbon fiber.

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Kiwis complain about illegal timber laws

ABC News, Australia
September 3, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Timber exporting countries, including Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, say a proposed law to stop illegally-logged timber from being imported into Australia will have a devastating impact on trade. But concern is also coming from an unlikely source, New Zealand. Jon Tanner, of the New Zealand Wood Processors Association, says even though his members support the proposed law, detail is missing. “At the moment, we have no idea to what extent we have to prove legality, and proving legality is a difficult thing.”

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Forestry

Fire strategy has shifted

Terrace Standard
September 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…“If we can let a fire burn naturally, we will,” said Tony Falcao from the forest service’s wildfire management branch in Terrace. An expert in forest fire fuels management, Falcao says allowing a fire to burn is not only good for the forest itself, but will also burn fallen trees and dead debris, which can serve as fuel for a future unexpected fire. Things changed in the way forest fires were treated in B.C. after 2003 which was B.C.’s worst season record based on the number of fires, their intensity and accompanying destruction.

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New life sprouts at site of largest wildfire in Alberta’s modern history

Edmonton Journal
August 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forest is rising again across a stretch of boreal landscape north of Fort McMurray that was destroyed last summer by one of Alberta’s largest wildfires in recent memory. Alberta Environment and Sustainable Development provided a tour Tuesday of the 560,000 hectares of Richardson backcountry that burned out of control for two months before 1,000 firefighters were able to contain it. It’s the largest wildfire in the province since the government started keeping records in 1919. …A year later, Cordy Tymstra knelt down among the singed trees Tuesday holding a budding two-inch jack pine between his fingers — one of the signs of new life in a forest that has adapted to wildfires for thousands of years.

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More fires, but less damage this summer in Yukon

CBC.ca
September 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fire officials say the forest fire season in Yukon was a mixed bag – there were more fires than normal, but the fires were smaller and easier to put out than in other years. There were 125 forest fires reported in the Yukon this summer and 90 of those were caused by lightning. In all, there were about 30 more fires than normal but the total burnt forest area was down by about 40,000 hectares. No buildings were lost and no one was hurt or lost their lives.

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Warm weather could keep BC forest fire risk high

CTV News
September 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite a quiet forest fire season this year, the Coastal Fire Centre in B.C. says warm and dry conditions this month could keep the fire risk high. “Our forecasters in Environment Canada say that September is going to be hot and dry, so we’re asking people to continue to be very careful out there,” said Marg Drysdale of the centre. Although high fire ratings have loomed in the province due to intense heat, there have been fewer fire than most years.

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City to cull ‘almost all’ of London’s ash trees before insect can

MetroNews Canada
September 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The emerald ash borer will be deadly to the Forest City’s ash trees and costly to its residents, according to officials. “We expect that the total cost to the city for removals, replanting and administration will be approximately $14 million,” said Ivan Listar, manager of urban forestry for the City of London.??The forestry operations department is expected to begin culling thousands of ash trees on city property this month before the trees are killed by the invasive insect’s larvae.

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NE Washington forests diseased, infested

Associated Press
August 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Large areas of forests in northeast Washington are in danger of catastrophic wildfires because trees have been killed or weakened by bug infestations, the state Department of Natural Resources warns. Landowners should thin the trees or harvest timber to restore more normal forest conditions, Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark said in an Aug. 23 forest health hazard warning to landowners in portions of Okanogan, Ferry, Klickitat and Yakima counties.

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Thank you for not just shutting down our forests, but a way of life

Letter by Alan F. Clayton
Sky Hi Daily News
September 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I would like to thank the environmentalists, the U.S. Forest Service and the mountain biking community for once again being bone headed… Shall we start at the beginning? Roll back time to the late ’70s and early ’80s. Logging was a way of life in our mountains and had been for more than a century. Many families and communities were supported by this industry. The pine beetle was being recognized as a threat by the U.S. Forest Service. They were actually trying to get control of the problem early.

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BLM timber sales targeted by lawsuits

Ashland Daily Tiddings
September 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is facing four lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Medford over a half-dozen timber sales conservation groups say were not prepared in accordance with federal land management and environmental policy. Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Oregon Wild and Cascadia Wildlands filed the latest complaint Wednesday against the BLM, asking the court to block its MC Thin Timber Sale in the Conde Creek Drainage northwest of Howard Prairie Lake.

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Op-ed: Don’t subject state’s logging roads to federal environmental regulation

by Brian J. Boyle – If the U.S. Supreme Court reclassifies logging roads as “point sources,” every stream, culvert and fish passage on a logging road in the West would require a federal permit.
The Seattle Times
September 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OUR state’s timber industry is not the same business that many of us grew up with. Washington’s annual timber harvest is 44 percent lower than it was in the early ’90s. Our timber companies are national leaders in transforming woody biomass into renewable energy. And in an age of climate change, forest owners are helping protect millions of acres from development by keeping working forests sustainable and economically viable. Unfortunately, a U.S. Supreme Court battle is threatening the industry’s economic vitality.

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One fire contained, two still raging

Scottsbluff Star Herald
September 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CHADRON — Crews on Monday were still battling blazes that had blackened nearly 260 square miles in Nebraska and neighboring South Dakota. Authorities lifted evacuation orders for northern Panhandle residents whose homes had been threatened by the three raging wildfires. The Douthit fire near Crawford was nearly contained Monday after charring about 47 square miles by Sunday night.

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Wildfire grows, spoiling LA-area holiday plans

San Francisco Chronicle
September 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire northeast of Los Angeles spoiled the Labor Day holiday of thousands of visitors to the Angeles National Forest as firefighters bore down for what figured to be a long fight against the big blaze.
Picnickers hoping to spend the day in the forest Monday ran into firefighters’ road blocks instead as a large swath of the forest was closed to visitors, though the fire was moving away from inhabited areas.

Southern California forest evacuated after wildfire broke out from The Associated Press

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Old burns slow new fires across Idaho

The millions of acres that have burned since the 1980s now stand as wildfire buffers
The Idaho Statesman
September 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A map of past fires laid over a map of the Halstead Fire near Stanley reveals to Elizabeth Reinhardt the legacy of 25 years of Idaho wildfire. “The Halstead Fire was sharing boundaries with these old fires on every side,” said Reinhardt, the U.S. Forest Service assistant director for fire ecology and fuels. She was seeing what fire managers and ecologists have observed on fires across southern and central Idaho forests this year: Forest fires are bumping up against older burns, where the fuels have been reduced, and petering out.

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Trucking Firm Looks For Other Work In Wake Of Mill Closure

Arizona Journal
August 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When the Catalyst Paper officials announced the firm’s Snowflake mill would be closing at the end of Sep-tember, one of the local businesses most directly affected by the news was C.R. Smith Trucking. At the time of the announcement, owner Charley Smith told The Tribune-News he may have to shut down when the mill business is gone.  …“People are starting to get their paper elsewhere,” Smith said. “As long as Catalyst runs, we’re there. We’ll still be hauling from the mill through the end of September and maybe a few loads in the beginning of October.”  Smith said he has been working on developing new routes for his drivers.

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Trees in N.J. escaping the usual summer onslaught of bugs, weeds and disease

NorthJersey.com
September 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

It was a good summer to be a tree in New Jersey. The most ravenous devourer of leaves — the gypsy moth — seems to have lost its appetite. Another pest — the Asian longhorned beetle — may have been wiped out altogether. And as the season for tree diseases comes to a close, arborists are relieved to report that an outbreak of a tree fungus in eastern Pennsylvania failed to make its way across the Delaware River.

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Wildfires Underscore the Need for Seed

StateImpact Texas
September 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Well-wishers and reporters sweated under the late summer sun recently in Bastrop State Park, as officials announced the start of a tree planting campaign for a forest that was 95 percent destroyed by fire last year. Texas Parks and Wildlife hopes to raise millions of dollars to fund a vast tree replanting effort. …But as the speakers gathered for a photo-op to water the seedlings, the past wasn’t really that far behind. The fact that the seedlings were there at all came down to a very close call about a year ago, when the Forest Service had almost thrown away all the seeds that are now so essential to the park’s recovery.

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Restoration begins at fire-ravaged Bastrop park

Associated Press
September 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BASTROP — From a hilltop known as “The Scenic Outlook,” Nicholas McClendon scanned thousands of acres of Central Texas until he spotted something familiar: the green crown of a pine tree… A green speck peeking over the black expanse of tall barren sticks is one of the few trees that survived a firestorm one year ago this weekend at Bastrop State Park, where historic wildfires claimed 95 percent of the trees, in. State wildlife officials and others are working on restoring the forest but acknowledge it will take plenty of manpower, time and money to succeed.

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Finding hurricane timber not an easy task

Oxford Hills Sun Journal
September 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WATERFORD — Maine has probably some 500 lakes filled with logs sunk after hurricane blow-downs, Matthew Albrecht, owner of River Drive Lumber in Scarborough, said. The company intends to harvest some of those logs in Bear Pond next summer. “There’s a lot of wood in a lot of places,” Albrecht said. He is headed to unspecified lakes and ponds in Fryeburg, Bridgton and Bethel this fall to investigate possible retrieval of sunken logs. The problem, he said, is locating the water bodies where the trees are stored. To date, he has been unable to secure a list of ponds and lakes designated for hurricane timber storage.

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NH site key part of forest project

Nashua Telegraph
September 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The tower will be part of a long-term, continent-sized ecological research project called the National Ecological Observatory Network, or NEON, and it won’t be alone. “If we build it, they will come,” said John Brissette of the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station. By “they,” he means scientific researchers, because the tower will bring the 5,600-acre Bartlett Experimental Forest into the biggest and perhaps most interesting research project that ecology science has even seen

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Pest and disease threats to UK trees

BBC News
September 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

UK tree species are facing growing threats from an increasing number of pests and diseases.  Below are some of the main threats to trees that have been recorded on these shores or are found in areas that make their introduction to the UK a real possibility.

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Portugal asks for EU help on forest fires

BBC News
September 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Portugal has said it is seeking European Union help to to tackle raging forest fires, in one of the worst summers for such blazes in years. Dozens of fires are raging in the centre and north of the country and 1,700 firefighters have been deployed… The country has been suffering from a heatwave, adding to a prolonged drought, which have created ideal wildfire conditions.

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Cloud over forest peace talks

ABC News, Australia
September 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There are fears Tasmania’s forest peace talks could be jeopardised by a key signatory walking away from the table. Glenn Britton from the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania (FIAT) says the group has postponed its participation in the talks because of changes at Forestry Tasmania. Mr Britton said he had been assured Forestry Tasmania’s responsibility for managing reserves would not be handed to a government department.

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Spanish forest ablaze for 3rd time this summer

Associated Press
September 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MADRID – Officials say a large wildfire is burning in a forest in central Spain — the third time this summer a blaze has broken out in the area. Lorenzo Martin, the mayor of El Real de San Vicente, said Sunday that “very large flames” were spotted Saturday evening rising from hillsides 3 kilometres (2 miles) from the centre of the town, which is located 120 kilometres (75 miles) west of Madrid.

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Vandals hit logging machinery

ABC News, Australia
September 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Vandals have caused up to $750,000 damage to heavy machinery in a Forestry Tasmania logging coupe. Police were called to the logging coupe near Butlers Gorge in the Central Highlands early yesterday morning and found two damaged excavators and a skidder. One excavator had been used to ram the other two pieces of machinery. Private contractor Les Walkden owns the equipment. “It’s extremely upsetting especially when your workers have got to go to work and find that,” he said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

BC port authority approves terminal for wood pellet exports

Globe and Mail
September 2, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A B.C. company’s plan to make wood pellets the fuel of choice for more customers in Europe and Asia has been given a boost by regulatory approval for a $42-million terminal project in Prince Rupert. The Prince Rupert Port Authority announced it has approved Westview Terminal Redevelopment Project, which will include docks and storage facilities to ship up to two million tonnes a year of wood pellets through the port.

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Volvo Successfully Field Tests Biofuel Made from Pulp Industry Waste

Waste Management World
September 4, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Successful field tests of vehicles powered by a biofuel derived from the black liquor wastes produced at a pulp mill have been conducted by Volvo Trucks. The company said that ten of its specially adapted trucks have been operating on Swedish roads since last autumn.  According to Volvo Trucks – a part of Volvo AB – the trucks look and perform just as well as any other, but are powered by bio-DME, which reduces carbon emissions by 95% compared with diesel.

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