Volume 9, No. 01 - October 16, 2013

NCASI publishes a review of biomass carbon accounting methods and implications

Technical Bulletin No. 1015, Review of Biomass Carbon Accounting Methods and Implications, makes it clear that it is important to use carbon accounting methods that are appropriate for the issue being examined. The report also examines how the choices made in applying these methods can affect the results of studies of forest carbon and forest products.

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Greenhouse gas benefits of using biomass residues for energy production in the forest products industry

While in an earlier report, NCASI examined the life cycle greenhouse gas benefits of using black liquor in the kraft recovery system, Technical Bulletin No. 1016, Greenhouse Gas and Fossil Fuel Reduction Benefits of Using Biomass Manufacturing Residues for Energy Production in Forest Products Facilities, focuses on manufacturing residues. In this study, NCASI compared systems involving the use of biomass-based manufacturing residues for energy to comparable systems relying on fossil fuels. 

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NCASI imports caribou to Canada from Alaska

Over the past four years, a tame herd of captive caribou were raised at the Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In mid-April 2013, the herd was imported to Canada to begin field work across a series of hundreds of field plots over the next five years.

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Revised NCASI NPRI Handbooks for pulp and paper, and wood products

Since 2000, NCASI has prepared Handbooks containing chemical-specific information sheets to assist member facilities in meeting their National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) reporting obligations. The last major revision made to the existing Handbooks dates from 2008. In 2012, member companies in Canada mandated NCASI to undertake a revision of these Handbooks to incorporate modifications in regulatory requirements, statistical data treatment procedures, and NCASI’s environmental release and process material database.

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EFCT now includes wood products

NCASI launched the “Environmental Footprint Comparison Tool” (EFCT) in 2011, as an online resource to better understand environmental decision-making related to the forest products industry. Originally incorporating information related to pulp and paper manufacture only, the EFCT now includes additional context and information related to wood products manufacture for the three relevant subject tabs (Greenhouse Gases, SOx and NOx, and Energy).

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