Atlantic Canada’s Forest Products Industries – Time for a New Value Paradigm?
Using wood to generate energy is not a new concept. Man has used wood for heat and light since the beginning of time; and forest products manufacturers have also been using wood fibre to generate heat and electricity for many decades. However, permanent and transformational change in the conventional forest products industries potentially jeopardises bioenergy generation, while conversion of wood to more advanced bioproducts requires an entirely new set of value relationships. This presentation will explore the underlying causes of the transformational change in the sector and explore the reasons that development of new biomass processing ventures have proved to be so challenging.