Policy status:Planned
Date Effective:1999
Policy Type:Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)
Policy Target:
Agency:Government of British Columbia
Description:Production of fuel ethanol from wood residue has major potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, reduce wood smoke and provide added value to the forest sector. In December 1998, the British Colombia Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks and Environment Canada released a study on the feasibility of making ethanol from B.C. wood residue and the available wood-to-ethanol technologies (Wood Ethanol: A B.C. Value-Added Opportunity). The report concluded that none of the technologies reviewed are commercially viable yet. It recommended the establishment of a process development programme to: adapt and scale up technologies; find added-value uses for lignin; use bark; and improve softwood preparation for production. As a result of the wood ethanol report, the provincial government is now considering establishing an ethanol process development programme at the University of British Columbia, with partial government and private sector funding.

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