It became clear in the discussion that the industry experts agreed with the key recommendation of developing a BC based technology roadmap for the forestry sector outlining the technology pathways needed to build a bioeconomy in BC and achieve CleanBC GHG targets.
They agreed that the most effective pathway toward GHG reduction in BC (and the creation of a sustainable bioeconomy) will require a variety of technical and market solutions and that a roadmap would provide a key way to focus the industry. Maximizing the value of forest resources is an important component to building a bioeconomy, and the roadmap could guide the industry to make optimal sequencing decisions.
They see the CORE Cleantech Cluster as playing a key role in:
- developing a story to focus on the attributes of BC in terms of sustainable forestry and bioproducts
- informing/engaging the public about sustainability and bioproducts (driving market demand)
- accelerating collaborations and partnerships
Special thanks to our guest speakers Gurminder Minhas from Performance Biofilaments, Neil Huff from FP Innovations and James Sandland from Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.