BC Bioenergy Network
BC Bioenergy Network is an industry-led initiative that is the catalyst for deploying near-term bioenergy technologies and supporting mission-driven research to build a world class bioenergy capability in BC. The BC Bioenergy Network offers relevant services to the Bioenergy Community in British Columbia, including: Bioenergy information and promotion, Conferences and workshops, Contact facilitation/ Networking.
Building a world-class bioenergy capability in BC
Established in April 2008 with a $25 million grant from the provincial government, 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 BC.
As steward to one of the largest forested areas on earth, BC is well-positioned to become a major player in developing green energy for the global bioenergy sector. The mandate of BC Bioenergy Network is to:
- Maximize the value of BC’s biomass resources;
- Develop mission-driven research, development and demonstration projects;
- Reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions;
- Network and partner in BC, Canada, and internationally to advance BC’s bioenergy sector; and
- Champion funding initiatives to support BC-focused bioenergy technology and applications.
To achieve this, BC Bioenergy Network invests in capital and technology development, targeted capacity building, education and advocacy. These efforts promote the utilization of BC’s biomass resources towards alternative energy, specifically using waste streams in the agriculture, forest and municipal sectors to produce value-added products and energy.
Finally, BC Bioenergy Network offers services to the bioenergy community, including:
- Bioenergy information and promotion;
- Conferences and workshops; and
- Contact facilitation and networking assistance
Bioenergy is derived from organic materials including wood waste, agriculture crops, animal manure, food waste, as well as municipal waste streams (solids, waste water and landfill gases). Through conversion processes, this organic material can be transformed to produce electricity, heat, valuable biofuels and specialty chemicals.What We Do
BC Bioenergy Network (BCBN) is building British Columbia’s new bio-economy by championing bioenergy development and creating greater value from our biomass resources.We accomplish our mandate through four major initiatives:
1. Investing in pilot and full-scale capital demonstration projects by providing grants, loans, and equity investments. Learn More.
2. Supporting capacity building projects from evaluations to planning and technical feasibility studies. Learn More.
3. Providing information on the bioenergy sector, including feedstock supply, technologies, end products, projects, companies, industry events and news. Learn More.
4. Sponsoring educational events, conferences and workshops; advocating to attract world-class bioenergy events to the province. Learn More.
Our role in the bio-economy
Bioenergy is a broad-based solution for reducing waste, creating jobs, and meeting our climate change goals.
From the Fraser Valley to BC’s North, communities are unlocking the power of biomass resources. Through a series of initiatives, BC Bioenergy Network has been instrumental in making this possible.
BCBN is championing bioenergy development not only in BC, but throughout the world. By connecting resources, people, and partners, we’re providing global leadership to help technology projects grow from proposal to deployment, and on to commercial application in the marketplace.
Bioenergy has far-reaching benefits, includingreducing environmental impact,stimulating our economy,increasing research initiatives, andhelping our society.
Learn more about the value BCBN brings to the province by browsing the navigation menu on this page.
Whether it’s converting landfill gas to clean, renewable energy or turning organic waste into biodiesel, utilizing biomass waste can reduce the impact of resource usage on BC’s natural environment.
BC Bioenergy Network projects are making this potential a reality. We’re helping organizations reduce Greenhouse gas and CO2 emissions by using bioenergy as a replacement for fossil fuels and improve air quality by decreasing sulphur and nitrogen dioxide emissions.
BCBN initiatives are also helping reduce and utilize biomass wastes that would otherwise be burned or sent to a landfill.
Browse our portfolio to learn moreabout how BCBN is helping reduce waste while meeting climate change goals.
Independent economic analysis undertaken by MMK Consulting in 2013 indicates that BC Bioenergy Network has made a positive contribution to British Columbia’s economy since its creation in 2008:
“$16.6 million of BCBN project funding has leveraged new investments for a total project value of $123.5 million, which represents 1,826- person years of employment, $106 million in GDP and $19.75 million in new tax revenues for government.”
In broader terms, BCBN projects are helping to:
- Diversify the economy;
- Create green jobs;
- Keep energy dollars in the community;
- Leverage new trade and investment opportunities; and
- Enhance our unused and undervalued bio-resources
Continuing to utilize BC’s local biomass resources will help diversify the economy, train workers, and keep energy dollars in our communities.
Browse our portfolio to learn moreabout how BCBN is helping to create growth and opportunity in BC’s economy.
British Columbia possesses world-class research talent through its major universities; University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, University of Northern British Columbia, as well as British Columbia Institute of Technology.
BCBN works closely with these universities and technical institutes to connect world-class research with promising commercial projects. BCBN also supports strategic demonstration projects that provide benefits to a large network of bioenergy stakeholders.
The bio-economy has far-reaching benefits for our society
BC Bioenergy Network is supporting a new and growing cluster of talented companies, employing skilled workers in high-paying jobs that benefit our society.
The Bioenergy sector is unique in that it enables British Columbians to apply their skills and training in a growing sector, while also helping them reduce environmental impacts in their communities.
Using local biomass resources diversifies the economy, creates green jobs, and keeps energy dollars in the community. This is especially important for First Nations, rural and remote communities, where expensive and environmentally harmful fuel sources such as propane and diesel are relied upon for heat and power.