Building a world-class bioenergy capability in BC
Established in April 2008 with a $25 million grant from the Provincial government, BC Bioenergy Network is an industry-led initiative that helps deploy near-term bioenergy technologies and supports research towards building a world-class bioenergy capability in BC.
As steward to one of the largest forested areas on earth, BC is well-positioned to become a major player in developing green energy for the global bioenergy sector. The mandate of BC Bioenergy Network is to:
- Maximize the value of BC’s biomass resources;
- Develop mission-driven research, development and demonstration projects;
- Reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions;
- Network and partner in BC, Canada, and internationally to advance BC’s bioenergy sector; and
- Champion funding initiatives to support BC-focused bioenergy technology and applications.
To achieve this, BC Bioenergy Network invests in capital and technology development/demonstration, targeted capacity building, as well as education and advocacy. These efforts promote the utilization of BC’s biomass resources towards alternative energy – specifically using waste streams in the agriculture, forest and municipal sectors to produce value-added products and energy. To date, BC Bioenergy Network has invested $15 million in 17 capital projects; $1.4 million into 12 capacity-building projects; and more than $375,000 into conferences, workshops and other educational initiatives.
Finally, BC Bioenergy Network offers services to the bioenergy community, including:
- Bioenergy information and promotion;
- Conferences and workshops; and
- Contact facilitation and networking assistance
Learn more about how BC Bioenergy Network supports the new bio-economy.