The Government of British Columbia recently announced the launch of the Clean-Tech Innovation Strategy for the B.C. Forest Sector, an initiative developed by FPInnovations in partnership with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services. This initiative, which will run from 2016 to 2024, aims at maximizing the value of B.C.’s forest resources while identifying innovative solutions to maintain and strengthen the sector by building on three themes: enhanced economic viability, environmental sustainability, and Aboriginal and community technical support.
The specific goals are to:
- Demonstrate the viability of new products and clean technologies to enhance the value chain and advance the B.C. forest sector.
- Capture the value of carbon and maintain sustainable resource leadership.
- Resilient and prosperous forest-based communities, in partnership with First Nations.
The recently built Brock Commons Student Residence at the University of British Columbia is a great example of such innovations. The 18-storey wood structure made from cross-laminated timber (CLT), a building material introduced to the Canadian market by FPInnovations, was built in only nine and a half weeks. Using sustainable wood products over other materials resulted in an estimated reduction of more than 2432 tonnes of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent of removing 511 cars off the road for a single year.
The Clean-Tech Innovation Strategy showcases FPInnovations’ ability to deliver innovative solutions in an attempt to shape the future direction of the Canadian forest sector. To learn more about the strategy, consult the program document or contact Tim Caldecott, FPInnovations’ B.C. Provincial Leader.