Growing Our Natural
Table of Contents
1 | IDeNTIfy OUR NaTURal ResOURCe POTeNTIal
2 | DeVelOP BIOeNeRgy PROjeCTs
3 | sTReNgTHeN B.C.’s BIOeNeRgy NeTwORk
4 | BUIlD BIOeNeRgy PaRTNeRsHIPs
BIOeNeRgy TeCHNOlOgy DeVelOPmeNT TImelINe
INTR ODUC TION
Human activity has changed our world. It has led to numerous advances
– from instant power to airline travel to the farthest reaches of the globe.
For a long time, these advances carried with them the unseen cost of rising
greenhouse gas emissions, which has led to the monumental challenges of
global warming and climate change.
The Province is addressing these challenges head on. The BC Bioenergy
Strategy will help turn existing challenges into new opportunities – for both
forestry and agriculture.
The BC Bioenergy Strategy sets us on a path to diversify rural economies and
turn adversity into opportunity by recovering maximum value from all our
forests and creating new economic opportunities for mountain pine beetle
damaged timber through conversion into bioenergy.
Bioenergy provides new opportunities for agriculture. It will be developed
from B.C.’s landfills, crop residues and agricultural wastes.
Bioenergy is a positive, practical approach that will involve all regions and all
British Columbians in preparing for a low-carbon future. The bioenergy we
generate from our abundant resources in B.C. can help meet greenhouse
gas reduction targets at home and in other jurisdictions, creating enduring
This strategy builds upon a solid foundation of expertise, innovation and
experience. Many B.C. forest companies already convert wood residues into
electricity and heat used in their mills, and some supply surplus amounts into
the power grid. Established community energy projects and landfill methane-
capture systems demonstrate the success and commitment to bioenergy that
exists in B.C. right now.
“The Province is address