FPInnovations applauds the Forest Bioeconomy Framework for Canada as presented by the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) during their annual meeting this week in Ottawa, Ontario. The Framework seeks to create a low-carbon, sustainable economy based on one of Canada’s primary industries, the forest sector.
Highlighting innovation, collaboration, and investment, the Framework is a clearly defined roadmap that opens the door to further enhancing the sustainability of the forest sector through research, innovation and strong public policy.
“This is an important step forward in developing the Canadian bioeconomy and will contribute significantly to job creation and supporting Canada’s climate change commitments”, said Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO of FPInnovations. “Creating strong partnerships between Governments, Industry, Indigenous peoples, colleges and universities, and research organisations will ensure the desired outcomes of the Framework are realized.”
The Forest Bioeconomy Framework follows previous commitments by the CCFM as announced in their 2015 signing of the Kenora Declaration on Forest Innovation and the 2016 endorsement of the Innovation Action Plan (2016-2020). Together, the Kenora Declaration on Forest Innovation, the Innovation Action Plan and the Bioeconomy Framework establish an ambitious approach to creating a robust forest bioeconomy.
• The Forest Bioeconomy Framework is built on four pillars: Communities and Relationships, Supply of Forest Bioproducts and Services, Demand for Advanced Forest Bioproducts and Services, and Support for Innovation.
• Bio-based technologies developed by FPInnovations in collaboration with its partners include the world’s first pilot plant production of nano-crystalline cellulose, world’s first commercial scale production of cellulose fibrils and the development of a lignin extraction process as a new bioproduct from pulp and paper mills.
• FPInnovations produced the game-changing construction and design guides for mid-rise and tall wood buildings and has been as the forefront of scientific research influencing national and international codes and standards for Canadian opportunities to increase carbon storage and GHG offsets via wood-based construction.
• Innovative clean technologies currently in development include TMP-Bio, a technology to be installed in underutilized pulp mills to convert hardwood chips to non-food sugars and lignin that in-turn can be used to create sustainable biochemicals.
• Innovation and applied research has been used successfully to develop clean technologies to reduce air pollutants by 52% and water pollutants by 70% by the forest sector since 2005.
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