Barriers to the Woody Biomass Energy Industry in British Columbia
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The report will examine the woody biomass industry in British Columbia. There are several reasons why this industry has not been successful in the province despite an enormous comparative advantage in residue availability. The supply chain for woody biomass contains multiple stages with different stakeholders acting at each stage. It is a complex process requiring coordination between numerous industries, land use planning, infrastructure investment and public policy. Each issue is interdependent and a solution requires holistic analysis of the entire supply chain. Available literature on the subject typically examines a portion of the supply chain. Through a comprehensive literature review, this report will attempt to organize themes uncovered in the literature along the entire supply chain. Insight from successful woody biomass markets will be grouped along similar themes. Practices in other markets demonstrate that through greater coordination of the forestry industry, energy producers and land use planning, the woody biomass industry has potential to greatly contribute to British Columbia’s energy goals.