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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Froggy Foibles

Coffee shop with a twist

First time winner of best coffee shop award
Delta-Optimist
June 26, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Wood N Frog Coffee Company opened last October and things have been great early on for co-owners Kelly McCloskey and Sandy McKellar. “The community’s been very welcoming, very supportive. We have been really fortunate in getting some amazing staff, who make this place tick,” says McKellar. The Wood N Frog roasts its own beans, offers unique food choices and is now open evenings (Thursday to Saturday).

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Business & Politics

‘The worst may be over’: Canadian exporters more optimistic about global economy

Financial Post
June 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA — Canada’s beleaguered exporters are seeing a glimmer of hope that “the worst may be over” for the global economy, gradually opening trade gates wider in the coming months. …“The forestry sector [is] definitely linked to the housing boom that seems to be going on unfettered by the bump and grind that we’ve seen in the last six months. [There was] a major storm in the U.S. northeast. There were worries about the fiscal cliff. March 31 was the sequestration date. And the housing market keeps rattling on through all of that.”

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Wood-products industry profits to double this year

Estimated $808 million in earnings due to strong demand in China and U.S, BY BRUCE CONSTANTINEAU
Vancouver Sun
June 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canadian wood-products industry profits will more than double this year to $808 million as the surging sector cashes in on a U.S. housing market recovery and strong demand from China, according to the Conference Board of Canada. A board report released Wednesday noted U.S. housing starts recently passed the one-million mark – on a seasonally adjusted annual basis – for the first time in five years. Exports to China increased by more than 1,400 per cent between 2003 and 2012 and Canada now accounts for 31 per cent of total Chinese lumber imports – representing more than six million cubic metres of lumber last year.

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Catalyst Paper donates scrap metal to Uptown art project; Equipment will become sculptures

Alberni Valley Times
June 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

SteamPunk Café and Coffee House owner Kevin Wright could barely contain his glee as he surveyed the pile of scrap metal Catalyst Paper donated to his Uptown industrial art project last Tuesday. …The donation is part of Catalyst and Chinn’s plan to be an active part of the community. “We want to be a real valued member of the community,” he said. The city and the company have come a long way since their acrimonious falling out in 2009 over a municipal taxes dispute. Mayor John Douglas said the city probably has the best relationship with Catalyst than it has ever had before.

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Fewer complaints for pulp mill

Hinton Parklander
June 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hinton Pulp is finding a “significant improvement” in the town’s air quality as a result of the new cleansing system, says the mill’s technical and engineering manager. The local pulp mill installed a new system of piping to clean the liquid wastewater that flows out into the treatment ponds. A low concentration of peroxide is pumped into the stream that reduces the amount of hydrogen sulphide stench (a rotten egg smell) by breaking down the chemicals into pure sulphur, which is odourless, and water.

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Hantsport paper plant workers reject offer, in strike position

TheChronicleHerald.ca
June 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HANTSPORT — Almost 200 unionized employees of the CKF Inc. plant in Hantsport are in a legal strike position. The 194 members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union voted Monday night to reject their latest contract offer. Wages, pension and medical benefits are the contentious issues, said employee and union member Cecil Gammon, a millwright at the plant for the past six years.

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Lewis legislators tour former Lyons Falls mill site

WatertownDailyTimes.com
June 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

LYONS FALLS — A group of Lewis County legislators on Wednesday got an up-close look at the redevelopment effort at the former paper mill here — and the extent of work that remains. “It was a learning experience to see it first-hand,” said Legislature Chairman Michael A. Tabolt, R-Croghan, after he and four colleagues toured the old Lyons Falls Pulp & Paper mill. The visit should prove especially beneficial to members of the legislative Economic Development Committee, which regularly discusses the redevelopment project.

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Mill owners explain process

Tidewater News
June 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ISLE OF WIGHT—Last week’s news that the former International Paper sawmill will be reopening under new ownership was welcome in the area. Former sawmill employees Terry Godwin and Perk Taylor purchased the facility under the new company name Franklin Lumber LLC. The venture is expected to create 72 jobs when it opens later this year, with the possibility of more jobs in the future. First some upgrades will be made to the facility.

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Kenyon pledges funds to rejuvenate timber industry

ABC News, Australia
June 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

At a special presentation in Mt Gambier, the State Minister for Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade, Tom Kenyon, made an announcement that he says will be the beginning of the rejuvenation of the timber industry in South Australia’s south-east. Mr Kenyon says five grants totalling over $8 million will be provided for investment and jobs under the South-East Forestry Partnerships Program.

Five timber companies gain forestry grants ABC News Australia

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

North Carolina Senate Approves LEED Compromise Bill

Hardwood Floors Magazine
June 26, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

After being left off the North Carolina Senate’s agenda at the end of May, the state’s proposed Protect/Promote NC Lumber bill has been reworked, according to the Charlotte Business Journal. The original bill sought to stop the use of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program for state projects because it rewards the use of Forest Stewardship Council-certified timber more than the use of local, North Carolina timber.

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Forestry

Greenpeace launches series of case studies critiquing forest certification standard

Mongabay.com
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Activist group Greenpeace says it will publish a series of case studies highlighting examples of good and bad practice among operations certified under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an eco-standard for forest products. Greenpeace, an FSC member since the body was found in 1993, says that as the standard has expanded, the risk to its credibility has also increased. “Greenpeace fears that as the system has grown, the FSC’s implementation and interpretation of its standards have been watered down,” the group said in a blog post.

Click here for a press release from Greenpeace

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Battle between Researchers, loggersand beetle in Alberta

Science News
June 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The major weapon used on the front lines of Alberta’s war against the mountain pine beetle is the chainsaws and biological data. For triumphing over the beetles and winning the battle, the soldier of the battle always target only on the areas where they found excellent chances of protecting from beetles from spreading. It is considered as Level 1 control sites where forestry staff destroys and burns the infected trees.

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Campbell River seeking eagle tree protection

Campbell River Mirror
June 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than one year after a high-profile case involving a resident cutting down an eagle tree, council is trying to ensure it doesn’t happen again. After the incident in February, 2012, around Galerno Road, Mayor Walter Jakeway was dismayed to find the city did not have any penalties for chopping down eagle nesting trees. That prompted the mayor to bring forward a motion, approved by council at a meeting in early March, directing city staff to look into options for a bylaw to protect eagle trees.

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TimberWest planning new cuts in forest around Cumberland

Comox Valley Echo
June 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

TimberWest plans to harvest 435 ha of forest in the Cumberland area in two separate blocks. In a delegation to council June 24 Domenico Iannidardo, the company’s hydrologist and chief forester, said the cut, which represents 3 per cent of the entire watershed area, is part of sustainable forest management and will help provide jobs for islanders. “It’s a very productive forest,” he said, adding the last time the company harvested in the Cumberland area was three years ago. “Your kids don’t necessarily have to go work in Fort McMurray or somewhere else.”

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Company calls halt to Apex logging operations

Penticton Western News
June 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A logging company owned by the Penticton Indian Band has agreed to a 30-day moratorium on its operations around Apex Mountain to respond to concerns from property owners there. Sn’pink’tn Forestry has been working in the area since 2010, but residents of the nearby ski community became vocal last year when a clearcut opened up on Green Mountain that’s visible from the slopes and village. More work is planned for this summer. “We’ve heard that there’s been some people talking about our logging up at Apex, so we agreed to a cooling-off period for 30 days,” confirmed PIB Chief Jonathan Kruger.

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NDP wants to rebuild value-added forestry

Kamloops Daily News
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The official Opposition in Ottawa is on a mission to correct what it says is the false idea that New Democrats don’t understand the economy. Don Davies, the federal NDP’s international trade critic, was in Kamloops Wednesday to tour a sawmill and speak at a party AGM. …While acknowledging strength of the lumber sector and possible expansion into India, Davies said the party also wants to see expansion of the value-added sector. While the Conservatives take a largely hands-off approach to industry, Davies said the NDP wants to work alongside industry on incentives and other programs that can create jobs.

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Impact of the Mountain Pine Beetle to BC Hydro

T&D World Magazine
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In British Columbia, Alberta, Canada, a team led by the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations produces province-wide projections of a mountain pine beetle outbreak. These projections are based on information produced by a provincial-level mountain pine beetle model, which uses forest cover maps, the provincial aerial overview surveys of forest health, and information from a mountain pine beetle population model.

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HCA hopes natural pesticide arrests ash-borer tree killer

Key landscape and seed trees set to receive $210 shots
Hamilton Spectator
June 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Hamilton Conservation Authority is hoping to enlist a natural pesticide in its fight against the tree-killing emerald ash borer. A proposed protocol to be presented to authority directors in early July would allow staff to inject select ash trees with TreeAzin, an extract from tree seeds used by other Ontario cities, including Toronto, Ottawa and London. Scott Peck, director of watershed planning, said only ash trees of high value, in good health and with less than 30 per cent dead branches will qualify for the treatment because of its cost.

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Forest fire puts Labrador town on evacuation notice

Mining company in Wabush using heavy equipment as a fire block near forest’s edge
CBC News
June 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The mining town of Wabush in western Labrador has told its residents to be prepared for an evacuation order, as a forest fire rages on its doorstep Friday. …Cliffs Resources, which operates the iron ore mine in the town, has used heavy equipment to set up a fire block between the forest and the town. Meanwhile, a fourth water bomber joined the effort Friday, with a crew flying in from Happy Valley-Goose Bay in central Labrador. Two helicopters were helping with the effort.

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Progress Being Made in Forest Fire Battle

VOCM
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

There is some progress being made in fighting the forest fire in western Labrador. Fire duty officer Eric Young says about 65-hundred hectares of wooded land has been destroyed since the blaze started on Sunday afternoon. Young says the wind dropped off Tuesday evening which was a big help. He says temperatures were really cool overnight. There was some frost in the area which helped significantly. Young says the boundary of the fire hasn’t expanded and that’s good news.

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Forest Fires Dot Northern Ontario

Net Newsledger
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – Far north in Ontario is ablaze. The fire hazard is expected to be in the low to moderate level. However , there was one new fire confirmed in the Kenora District of the Northwest Region by the evening of June 26. The report of a second fire in the same general area at the south end of Lake of the Woods was also being investigated report the Ministry of Natural Resources.

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New research: Wolf Lake ancient forest is endangered ecosystem

Science Codex
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

New research from the University of Guelph, published Tuesday in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, says that allowing industrial extraction in a northern Ontario old-growth red pine forest – the largest remaining in the world – would significantly threaten biodiversity in Canada. The study says that Wolf Lake Forest Reserve is a “scientifically irreplaceable system.” “Wolf Lake Forest deserves intensive study, monitoring and full protection from future development,” said Guelph environmental sciences professor Madhur Anand, the study’s lead author. 

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Up In Smoke

June 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Tommie Martin points out across a dense thicket of low shrubs that stretches for miles. Blackened ponderosa pine trunks stab up at the sky. “We’re looking at the skeleton of a forest,” she says. It’s all that remains 23 years after eastern Arizona’s devastating Dude Fire killed six firefighters and burned 24,000 acres of overgrown ponderosa pine forest. Scientists say the forest will likely never return. The blaze was the first of the so-called “mega-fires” that now threaten forests across the West. This summer, in New Mexico, more than 100,000 acres have already burned.

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Tracking Those Other Forest Products

CompassLive
June 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Timber is certainly the best-known forest product, but since before the time of European settlement, people have harvested other plants from the forests for a wide range of purposes. The U.S. Forest Service National Forest Inventory and Analysis program has assessed timber product output for more than 60 years by surveying the primary producers of industrial roundwood in each state on a three to five-year cycle.

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Up In Smoke

June 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Tommie Martin points out across a dense thicket of low shrubs that stretches for miles. Blackened ponderosa pine trunks stab up at the sky. “We’re looking at the skeleton of a forest,” she says. It’s all that remains 23 years after eastern Arizona’s devastating Dude Fire killed six firefighters and burned 24,000 acres of overgrown ponderosa pine forest. Scientists say the forest will likely never return. The blaze was the first of the so-called “mega-fires” that now threaten forests across the West. This summer, in New Mexico, more than 100,000 acres have already burned.

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Judge orders BLM to boost selling of timber

The Associated Press
June 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to sell more timber in Southern Oregon, and vacated a system federal scientists use to avoid harming the northern spotted owl. The ruling out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia came in a case filed by the timber industry against the Department of Interior. Judge Richard J. Leon ruled that BLM has failed to consistently offer as much timber as called for in its 1995 resource management plans for the Medford and Roseburg districts since 2004.

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Alamosa Trees: Why do some tree species live longer than others?

Valley Courier
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I often hear that cottonwood and aspen trees are considered to be short-lived species while bristlecone pines are long-lived. While life span estimates vary, individual cottonwoods can live to be more than 150 years old while the related aspen rarely lives more than 100 years. Bristlecones may only reach maturity after 200 years and expect to live to be more than 300 years old. The oldest bristlecone, located in eastern California, is more than 4,800 years old. There are a few bristlecones in Alamosa.

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Forestry plan aims to reduce debris risk

Nelson Mail
June 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A harvesting and management plan for commercial forests above Ligar Bay in Golden Bay is being fast-tracked in light of landowner intentions to log the area this summer. Homes and properties in the Ligar Bay and nearby Pohara area were damaged and in some cases destroyed in December 2011 after extreme rainfall triggered massive debris flows from the upper forestry catchments.

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Minister misleads Select Committee about forestry safety

Voxy
June 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

CTU President Helen Kelly has today written to the Chair of the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee, Hon. David Bennett, to express concern that the Committee received a misleading report from the Minister of Labour in regards a visit she accompanied him on to meet with forest workers in Rotorua. “On 6 June the Minister appeared before the Select Committee and publically discussed the visit. He told the committee that to his surprise, the workers in the forest that he met, ‘universally, loudly and clearly’ told him that the code of practice is working. Also that, in his view, based on this, there is no need for the inquiry.”

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Diana Tuomasjukka: taking care of forest futures

Youris.com
June 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

European forests are expected to supply us with wood chips, paper and timber but also harbour biodiversity and access for recreational activities. Working out how decisions affect social, economic and environmental roles of forestry is not straightforward. But an EU funded project called EFORWOOD, completed in 2009, helped produce a decision support tool for the forestry sector. Diana Tuomasjukka, a senior forestry researcher at the European Forest Institute in Joensuu, Finland, who specialises in sustainability impact modelling, talks about how such decision support tools can help decide which paths to sustainability are best followed and how to balance the various demands placed on forests today.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Northern Biomass Of Earth Has Been Mapped And Measured

RedOrbit
June 26, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

The biomass of the northern hemisphere’s forests has been mapped with greater precision than ever before thanks to satellites, improving our understanding of the carbon cycle and our prediction of Earth’s future climate. Accurately measuring forest biomass and how it varies are key elements for taking stock of forests and vegetation. Since forests assist in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, mapping forest biomass is also important for understanding the global carbon cycle.

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There’s money in that there wood waste

June 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Sherwood Park, Alberta built a demonstration biomass district heating project, it bought the equipment from Lambion Energy Solutions of Germany. Axel Lambion is the CEO and he chuckles at the project’s “demonstration status” because he notes that Lambion has built over 3,400 of these projects around the world. In fact, his great, great grandfather was building biomass energy systems for sawmills at the end of the 19th century.

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Urban trees save at least one life per year in cities

Treehugger (blog)
June 26, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

We know trees are important for the environment maintaining life on this planet but it’s not just the wide swaths of forests that make a difference. Literally, every tree counts, even those located in urban areas. A new study by the US Forest Service reveals that “urban trees and forests are saving an average of one life every year per city. In New York City, trees save an average of eight lives every year.” The U.S. Forest Service along with Davey Institute looked at trees in 10 major US cities — including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Syracuse, NY — and studied how effective they are at removing fine particulate pollution from the air.

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Federal grant funds project to burn wood for energy in Plumas County

Sacramento Bee
June 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment won a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service to develop a wood-to-energy project to help reduce the risk of wildfire and provide economic opportunities in rural Plumas County. The funds will be used to engineer and design a centralized small-scale facility to process woody biomass removed from local forests, said Jonathan Kusel, executive director of the institute based in Taylorsville. It will also fund engineering for a wood-fired system to generate heat and electricity, he said.

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Report: Climate change threatens forest survival on drier, low-elevation sites

Corvallis Gazette Times
June 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

CORVALLIS – Predicted increases in temperature and drought in the coming century may make it more difficult for conifers such as Ponderosa pine to regenerate after major forest fires on dry, low-elevation sites, in some cases leading to conversion of forests to grass or shrub lands, a report suggests. Researchers from Oregon State University concluded that moisture stress is a key limitation for conifer regeneration following stand-replacing wildfire, which will likely increase with climate change.

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George County lands $115 million wood pellet plant, 141 new jobs

Mississippi Press
June 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

LUCEDALE, Mississippi — George County is delving deeper into the wood pellet business, as leaders close the deal today on a $115 million plant — its second facility announced in three months — that will go in at the industrial park. In March, Gulf Coast Renewable Energy announced plans for a $40 million pellet plant that will create 40 new jobs and produce about 320,000 metric tons of pellets per year.

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Chip Energy building biomass conversion facility

Bloomington Pantagraph
June 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

GOODFIELD — The 5 million tons of wood Illinois throws away each day could become a new source of energy for everything from stoves to airplanes, all with little impact on communities. That’s the vision Paul Wever laid out at a groundbreaking ceremony for Chip Energy’s $1.5 million biomass conversion facility in Goodfield Thursday. The unfinished facility at 395 W. Martin Drive will be made of used metal shipping containers welded together, said Wever, president of Chip Energy.

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Business leader calls for biomass investment to power forest sector growth

The Border Watch
June 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A PROMINENT South East businessman has come out in support of green energy in the form of biomass electricity as a means to boost the region’s forestry industry and local economy. Adrian de Bruin … continues to chair the Mount Gambier based de Bruin group, which has branched out to aviation and engineering. With a commitment to the region’s prosperity, Mr de Bruin has called on all tiers of government and private investors to back a biomass electricity plant, which would utilise the forestry’s wood waste to create power.

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Bioeconomy as a solution for South Australia’s declining forest industry

Science Codex
June 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

South Australia’s forest industry is being significantly challenged as production levels fall due to declining export competitiveness and accordingly means for improving the industry’s competitiveness are being sought. The South Australian State Government’s Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy has invited VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland experts to undertake a study that identifies potential routes by which the increased competitiveness can be achieved.

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General

There’s money in that there wood waste

June 28, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

When Sherwood Park, Alberta built a demonstration biomass district heating project, it bought the equipment from Lambion Energy Solutions of Germany. Axel Lambion is the CEO and he chuckles at the project’s “demonstration status” because he notes that Lambion has built over 3,400 of these projects around the world. In fact, his great, great grandfather was building biomass energy systems for sawmills at the end of the 19th century.

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