BRUSSELS, Feb. 25, 2015 (Press Release) -The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) strongly welcomes the Energy Union Package published today by the European Commission. CEPI especially welcomes the emphasis put on delivering competitive energy prices, investing in the bioeconomy and establishing synergies between the energy efficiency, resource efficiency and circular economy policies.Read more
Energy is used to heat and to cool buildings and homes, transport goods, and power the economy. But with ageing infrastructure, poorly integrated markets, and uncoordinated policies, our consumers, households and businesses do not benefit from increased choice or from lower energy prices. It is time to complete the single energy market in Europe. Delivering on this top priority set out in President Juncker's political guidelines, today the European Commission sets out its strategy to achieve a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy.
Australian Research Council (ARC) chief executive officer (CEO), Professor Aidan Byrne has attended the opening of a new ARC Research Hub at Monash University dedicated to developing new products and materials from existing forestry resources, to improve profitability and sustainability of its bioprocessing industries.Read more
Valmet has installed a new bio pilot plant in its research and development center in Sundsvall, Sweden. The equipment, called BioTrac, is a hydrolysis system which is used for process optimization and testing of raw materials based on biomass. This is part of Valmet's investment into developing new technologies for biorefinery applications, in order to deliver technology and process solutions to reduce CO2 emissions globally.Read more
BRUSSELS, March 1, 2014 (PPI Magazine) - Forestry companies, especially those producing pulp and paper, generate tons of waste daily from their production processes. The main residuals include sludge from treatment plants; bark and chips from wood, biomass boiler ash, dregs and grit, which is the buildup of calcium carbonate in the recausticizing phase.Read more
The wood biomass industry – including the energy and pellet sectors – enjoyed relatively easy availability of feedstocks across North America during 2013. Weather influences were minimal in both realms (though there were a few notable blips), and the strengthening of the lumber industry served to bolster availability of sawmill residuals on the market, allowing consumers to scale back their usage of more expensive whole-tree and whole-log chips.Read more
North American wood markets picked up 9.4 million green tons of annual demand from startups across 24 bioenergy installations during 2013, including 18 wood-fired power plants and six export wood pellet mills. Combined, delivered value of incoming biomass and pellet-grade wood totals $250 million annually, according to WBMR estimates.Read more
GLAND, Switzerland, Oct. 30, 2013 (Press Release) - WWF recognizes the leadership in transparency of 25 of the world's most important pulp and paper manufacturers, as demonstrated by their participation in the WWF Environmental Paper Company Index 2013. Companies voluntarily disclosed the ecological footprint of 40 product categories, more than doubling those evaluated in the 2011 index.Read more