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The Final Word by Helen Roush

In a recent press release, the Government of Ontario announced that it's investing more than $9.4 million in 14 research, innovation and modernization projects in forest biomass.

According to the press release, The Forest Biomass Program "supports initiatives that harvest more wood from Crown forests, increase forest sector job creation and regional economic growth and find new uses for wood in collaboration with stakeholders, industry and Indigenous communities."

Thunder Bay Pulp and Paper mill will receive $5,000,000 in modernization funding. The release states that "The project will upgrade and improve equipment to modernize the mill's electrical system, enabling future measures to expand green energy production, reduce emissions and increase forest biomass usage."

FP Innovations will receive $250,000 in innovative bioproduct manufacturing funding. The release states that "The project will advance forest sector integration by identifying business opportunities among a biorefinery, forest operations and production facilities to support the development of a new wood biorefinery."

FP Innovations will also receive $100,000 in exploring biomass pathways funding. It states that "the project will enhance forest sector business competitiveness and provide environmental benefits by exploring opportunities to reduce the operating costs and improve the carbon footprint of producing lignin, a versatile wood extract."

You can read the full press release by clicking here.

Helen Roush is Executive Vice President of Paperitalo Publications.


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