By: The Working Forest Staff
The investments will go toward two innovative initiatives that will create jobs, significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop first-of-their-kind technology in Canada’s forest sector.
“The Canadian forest sector remains an important pillar of economic prosperity in Canada, creating jobs for Canadians from coast to coast to coast. We are proud to work with Woodland Biofuels to develop sustainable fuel alternatives, tackle climate change and invest in the success of local communities,” said Kate Young, Member of Parliament for London West.
The first investment of $1.9 million, funded by Natural Resources Canada’s Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program, will allow Woodland Biofuels to develop a technology to produce ethanol, a sustainable and renewable fuel, from wood and agricultural waste. This technology will cut greenhouse gas emissions, as well as create and maintain jobs for Canadian workers.
The second investment of over $2.8 million, funded by Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Growth Program, will increase the efficiency of Woodland Biofuels’ cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant and support detailed engineering activities, enabling Woodland’s first commercial-scale ethanol facility. This production plant utilizes a mixture of forestry waste and construction and demolition wood waste to produce ethanol. This project aims to create a permanent, new revenue-generating industry.
Greg Nuttall, Woodland Biofuels’ CEO, said the funding is provided by the Canadian government is expected to “enable Woodland’s first commercial plant, which we anticipate will be built right here in Sarnia.”
Canada’s climate plan includes measures to protect the environment and leave a healthier planet for future generations, including actions to protect our oceans, phase out coal-fired electricity, invest in renewables and public transit and reduce plastic pollution. Bioenergy is a key part of Canada’s plan to combat climate change while growing the economy.
“The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park is proud to partner with Woodland Biofuels to facilitate the commercialization of their innovative technology. Not only are we creating a world-class commercialization ecosystem at the Research Park, but our forest industry-related initiatives will support Woodland Biofuels to create sustainable, positive economic and environmental benefits for the Sarnia-Lambton hybrid chemical cluster and the Canadian forestry sector,” concluded Katherine Albion, Executive Director of Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park