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CIFOR | 3 years 3 months ago

Much of the initial optimism about the contribution of biofuels to energy security, climate change mitigation and rural development has given way to skepticism about its economic viability and bad publicity about related land grabbing and environmental destruction. Within a highly polarized...

International Forest Industries | 3 years 6 months ago

Pellet exports from the two primary pellet-producing regions on the North American continent – the US South and British Columbia – showed no signs of slowing in early 2013, with the rate of growth likely to accelerate in the second half of the year.

International Forest Industries | 4 years 1 month ago

The declining prices for softwood pulp during much of 2012 have forced many pulp mills to try to cut wood fibre costs to remain profitable. As a consequence, the wood fibre price index (SFPI) has continuously declined the past year and, during the 3Q/12 was at its lowest level since 2010, according...

RISI | 4 years 1 month ago

A Canadian forester recently transplanted to the States asked what sweeping federal policies exist concerning utilization of wood biomass for energy, to which I could only answer, "None." What we do have is a schizophrenic regulatory landscape, in which about 30 states have actual renewable energy...

SCOOP | 4 years 1 month ago

UK alleges it will address drivers of climate change - but aims to subsidise a massive expansion of wood-based biomass industry Doha, Qatar, 6 December 2012 - As negotiations failed to finalise an agreement on a controversial forest policy called REDD+ during the ongoing UN Framework Convention on...

PaperIndexTimes | 4 years 2 months ago

The European Commission has awarded UPM a grant of EUR 170 million for solid wood-based biorefinery (BTL) project in Strasbourg, France. UPM Rauma’s similar biorefinery project plan in Finland has not received NER300-funding. UPM’s Biofuels business resources are currently directed to the...

International ForestIndustries | 4 years 3 months ago

Pellet exports from the two primary pellet-producing regions on the North American continent, the U.S. South and British Columbia, have continued to grow, reaching a new record high of 760,000 tons in the 2Q/12, according to data from the pellet industry and customs statistics compiled by the North...

EURACTIV | 4 years 4 months ago

Greenhouse gas emissions from biofuels such as palm oil, soybean and rapeseed are higher than those for fossil fuels when the effects of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) are counted, according to leaked EU data seen by EurActiv.

ECOWATCH | 4 years 4 months ago

At a time when scientific evidence is mounting that burning trees for electricity will actually result in increased carbon emissions when compared to coal over the next 30 to 50 years, utilities in Europe are making a mad dash to convert coa

Reuters | 4 years 6 months ago

(Reuters) - The woody core of EU climate strategy, biomass, has won its place because the bloc deems it carbon neutral, an assumption that hides fatal flaws in its credentials, critics say. Increasingly, the EU relies on biomass - covering anything from olive stones to old blackcurrant bushes - to...

ForestTalk | 4 years 6 months ago

Conversion of the Atikokan Generating Station in Atikokan, Ontario to biomass rather than coal burning is to begin later this year. The conversion will create 200 construction jobs and should be complete in 2014. The biomass fuel will be in the form of wood pellets.  Another 200+ jobs are expected...

Forest Talk | 4 years 7 months ago

British Columbia‘s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today regulatory changes that provide access to logging slash and wood waste fibre needed by bioenergy producers and manufacturers of wood pellets and other bio-products. Amendments to regulations...

RISI | 4 years 8 months ago

A 50-year-old tree is cut down in the forest, ground into chips, trucked to a power plant and burned to generate electricity. All of the carbon stored in that tree has just been released into the atmosphere. It will take another 50 years before a tree that size grows back to replace it,...

Phys Org | 4 years 8 months ago

But a new study by researchers at Duke and Oregon State universities finds that leaving forests intact so they can continue to store carbon dioxide and keep it from re-entering the atmosphere will do more to curb climate change over the next century than cutting and burning their wood as fuel.

CIFOR | 4 years 8 months ago

The economic and climate mitigation promises of biofuel expansion into tropical forests and woodlands are often elusive; in some cases land users struggle to reconstruct their livelihoods following displacement, while in others land use change may lead to the release of large amounts of carbon...

Summit County Voice | 4 years 8 months ago

While some logging advocates continue to talk up forest biomass as a green energy source, there’s good reason it isn’t happening on a significant scale. Cutting wood and burning live trees, in whatever form, is just not energy efficient, except perhaps on a modest scale with low-frequency harvests...

RISI | 4 years 8 months ago

Biomass had so much promise. But now it's about to go up in smoke. Only a few years ago, energy production from biomass had one of the brightest, most promising futures in both the US and Europe. The EU's 20/20/20 Renewable Energy Directive set a sizable proportion of the 20% renewable energy goal...

Timber Community | 4 years 10 months ago

Wood pellet exports from the US and Canada to Europe reached arecord high in the 4Q/11 thanks to increased demand in the United Kingdom, reports the North American Wood FiberReview

ABC Net | 5 years 3 days ago

A plan to make native forest waste eligible for renewable energy credits has angered the North Coast Environment Council A peak north coast environmental group has slammed a plan to give renewable energy status to native forest waste used to fuel power stations. Lyne MP Rob Oakeshott plans to...

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