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The following resources will be of interest to actors in the bioeconomy and are either public domain or posted with the permission of the owners. Members have access to proprietary research and just-for-members publications under the Members section.

Tools and Resources (Ontario):
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has released their Combustion Guidelines for >. Biomass North is pleased to host these guidelines on behalf of the Ministry.
The purpose of Guideline A-14: Guideline for the Control of Air Emissions from Small Wood-Fired Combustors (< 3 MW) is to establish the minimum expectations necessary to control air emissions from small wood-fired combustors with a nominal load heat input capacity of less than 3 megawatts (MW) in Ontario.
Source: Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
O. Reg. 1/17 requires persons engaging in activities that discharge or may discharge contaminants to the natural environment, other than water, to register in the EASR unless the activities do not meet the criteria in the Regulation.
Source: Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Learn about the requirements a facility must follow if its activities are registered under the Activities Requiring Assessment of Air Emissions regulation (O. Reg. 1/17), including requirements for in-stack limits for combustion equipment, noise, odour and small wood-fired combustors, and a list of off-grid and remote facilities/communities.
Source: Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Tools and Resources (Canada):
The Canadian Biomass Innovation Network (CBIN) is a network of federal researchers, program managers, policy makers, and expert advisors partnered with industry, academia, non-governmental organizations, other government levels and the international community.
Source: Natural Resources Canada
The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has developed standards for solid biofuels which have been adapted by the Canadian Standard Association (CSA). The following series of Solid Biofuels Bulletins provides simple, easy-to-read introduction to the CAN/ISO-ISO 17225 solid biofuels standards.
Source: Natural Resources Canada
The main objective of this literature review is to summarize policies, including legislation, regulations and guidelines, related to the harvest of woody forest biomass in Canada.
Source: Province of British Columbia
The Getting to Implementation initiative is a collaborative initiative being spearheaded by the Community Energy Association, QUEST – Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow, and The Smart Prosperity Institute. While many communities in Canada are advancing plans to define priorities around energy, all communities need help getting from plans and ideas to implementation. GTI is about helping communities get to implementation.
Source: QUEST – Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow
RETScreen is a Clean Energy Management Software system for energy efficiency, renewable energy and cogeneration project feasibility analysis as well as ongoing energy performance analysis. RETScreen empowers professionals and decision-makers to rapidly identify, assess and optimize the technical and financial viability of potential clean energy projects. This decision intelligence software platform also allows managers to easily measure and verify the actual performance of their facilities and helps find additional energy savings/production opportunities.
Source: Natural Resources Canada
The Calculators site provides tools developed by Canadian Forest Service scientists during the course of their work to facilitate calculations and decision-making with regard to the various aspects of forestry.
Source: Natural Resources Canada
HeatLocal is intended to educate and advocate the benefits of wood heating to all Canadians. A simple change to wood heat is environmentally responsible, sustainable and cheaper - a change we can keep growing.
Source: shares information on a renewable heat and power source – wood pellets.
Source: Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC)

Provincial Organizations:
Ag-West Bio has a mandate to provide leadership, as a catalyst, to link existing capabilities and resources in order to strengthen the bioeconomy industry in Saskatchewan
Alberta Innovates is a catalyst for innovation. Research and innovation that leads to economic diversification, enhanced environmental performance and social well-being is a priority for the Alberta Government. All under one roof, innovators, businesses and researchers can now easily tap into collective assets – cross sectoral knowledge and expertise, funding, networks and research facilities.
The Atlantic Canada Bio-economy Council is a non-government, non-profit cooperative association that represents the growing bio-products industry within Atlantic Canada.
The Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) is a not-for-profit society with a mandate “to help communities, consumers, producers, regulators and policymakers to work together to reduce the costs and environmental impacts of energy and utility services in the Northwest Territories."
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 British Columbia.
BioNB is the trusted bioscience authority in New Brunswick. They promote a supportive business environment for bioscience ventures by coaching and community building.
The Quebec consortium for industrial bioprocess research and innovation (CRIBIQ) is a non-profit organisation created in 2008 with financial support from the Quebec government. Its mission is to unite businesses and publicly funded research institutions in order to create wealth by promoting innovation and funding collaborative research projects in the fields of bioprocesses and bio-sourced products.
CRIBE is an independent, not-for-profit research corporation created in 2009 by the Government of Ontario. CRIBE’s original mandate was to find new novel uses for forest biomass; to bring the forest industry beyond the traditional markets of newsprint, pulp and lumber.
The Yukon government has adopted and is currently implementing the Yukon Biomass Energy Strategy. The goal of this strategy is to facilitate the development of a biomass energy sector to help heat buildings and homes using wood, Yukon’s primary biomass resource.

National Organizations:
Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) is a national industry association established to: • Promote the production and use of advanced biofuels in Canada • Collaborate with other stakeholders to expand market access for sustainable low-carbon biofuels in Canada • Collaborate broadly to decarbonize transportation.
BioFuelNet Canada mobilizes the Canadian biofuels research, industrial, governmental and investment communities to quickly address the challenges impeding the growth of an advanced biofuels industry, while focusing on non-food biomass as biofuel feedstock.
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) is a not-for-profit organization based in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. BIC's mission is to provide critical strategic investment, advice and services to business developers of clean, green and sustainable technologies. Our expertise in commercialization builds a stronger Canada.
The CIF-IFC is the oldest forest society in Canada! The Institute serves as the voice of forest practitioners representing foresters, forest technologists and technicians, ecologists, biologists, educators and many others with a professional interest in forestry.
FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs.
FPInnovations is a not-for-profit world leader that specializes in the creation of innovative scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of its industry members and government partners.
The Wood Pellet Association of Canada is a member-driven organization advancing the interests of Canadian wood pellet producers. Their goal is to help members grow through promoting the role of wood pellets in the Canadian and global markets, supporting market and technical research, and encouraging fair and open energy trade.

International Resources:
A coalition between Finland’s Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, & Ministry of the Environment – presents bioeconomy-related case studies, contacts, and Finland’s national bioeconomy strategy.
The Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC) works to advance the use of community-scale biomass energy throughout North America and beyond by providing technical consulting services, biomass energy program design and delivery, and education and outreach on best practices.
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) advances the sustainable use of wood and agricultural biomass for clean, efficient heat and combined heat and power to meet America's energy needs and strengthen local economies.
The European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) is the common voice of the bioenergy sector with the aim to develop a sustainable bioenergy market based on fair business conditions.
The Bioeconomy Council is an independent advisory body to the German Federal Government. They provide comprehensive information on the bioeconomy, work and publications of the Council, and the latest news on the subject.
IEA Bioenergy’s vision is to achieve a substantial bioenergy contribution to future global energy demands by accelerating the production and use of environmentally sound, socially accepted and cost-competitive bioenergy on a sustainable basis, thus providing increased security of supply whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy use.
Svebio is a commercial environmental organization for companies and individuals. Svebio believes in renewable energy, entrepreneurship and a free market economy. Svebio’s vision is to be the leading representative and an international model for the development of bioenergy in a sustainable society.
The World Bioenergy Association (WBA) is the global organization dedicated to supporting and representing the wide range of actors in the bioenergy sector.

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