Canadian Forest Service Publications

Mobilizing sustainable forest bioenergy in Canada. 2013. Thiffault, E. BE-Sustainable Magazine 2:10-12.

Year: 2013

Available from: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 34765

Language: English

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Plain Language Summary

This article covers the various forest management practices implemented in Canada. Better knowledge of these practices may serve as a guide for discussions on the definition of sustainability criteria associated with forest biomass harvesting.

The European Union (EU) has set targets for the use of renewable energy, including agricultural and forest biomass, and established sustainability criteria for the harvesting of these resources. These criteria currently apply to liquid biofuels only, but discussions are underway to have the criteria include solid biomass (including wood pellets).

The issues are usually different for these two products. In the case of biofuels, the sustainability criteria are intended to limit land conversion (for example, the conversion of forests into agricultural plantations for the production of liquid biofuels). In the case of forest biomass, the issue of conversion is nearly non existent, especially in Canada, where timber production takes place within a sustainable forest management framework. Forested areas that provide raw materials for the manufacturing of forest products (including pellets) keep their forest status (they are not converted) and continue to provide ecological services (e.g., water quality, carbon capture, source of supply for timber and non timber products, and destinations for recreation and tourism).

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