By Suzanne Wetzel

For the 1st time, this opportune publication presents a complete therapy of the numerous cutting edge, non-timber bioproducts which may be derived from Canada’s massive forests, together with their capability fiscal, social and environmental affects. It additionally deals a balanced dialogue of the technological, coverage and regulatory concerns surrounding the rising worldwide bioeconomy. This publication won't purely be of curiosity to Canadian forestry execs and marketers, but in addition to these drawn to the contribution of forestry to the bioeconomy around the globe.

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Chapter 2 BIOFUELS AND BIOENERGY Highlights and Fast Facts 3 Biomass-derived bioenergy, together with hydropower and wind power, could make Canada’s energy supply 100% renewable. 3 Various biofuels have the potential to add $22-105 billion to the Canadian economy. 4% to 39% of annual energy production and 3% to 76% of annual energy consumption in Canada. 3 Bioenergy generated from biomass is carbon neutral and can both contribute to environmental protection and stimulate employment. 3 Establishing a reliable biofuel economy will require government efforts to encourage its use.

164 TWh) and provided only 5% of primary energy needs (Hall 2001). Table 2-1 provides an overview of Canada’s current energy production and consumption. Table 2-1. Canada’s Energy Balance: Production and Consumption of Energy for 2000. 338 Natural gas 7,062,109 2,353,409 Electricity 1,524,557 1,812,245 Total 12,505,309 6,450,585 Source: Statistics Canada 2002. Table 2-2 shows the potential energy value of forest biomass if it were converted to each of the various commodities (ethanol, methanol, bio-oil, hydrogen, wood chips, pellets-briquettes or levulinic acid).

Even so, the most favorable input/output ratio was achieved for pine production at approximately 1:50. Similarly favorable input/output ratios can be achieved in poplar production, provided it can be sustained over a long period without the application of nitrogen (Scholz et al. 1998). Energy inputs such as fertilization need to be carefully scrutinized when choosing bio-fuel crop species. Life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology should be used during the planning stage when short rotation woody crops are being considered as a renewable energy option.

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