Event date: Wednesday, June 24th at 15:00 ET
In February 2020, the ICE Network CoLab team presented a CoLab focused on the concept of Active Forestry Management as a major opportunity for Indigenous communities to benefit through BioEnergy projects and the associated economic opportunities which can unfold in a community as it becomes involved in BioEnergy, such as forest management, lumber, sawmills, etc.
This ICE CoLab takes a more detailed look at two detailed areas of the bioeconomy: BioEnergy and Active Forest Management for rural and remote communities, and business planning for BioEnergy projects in Indigenous communities.
By looking at the opportunities which exist in Canada’s forestry sector for Indigenous participation and, further, the clean energy opportunities for communities to develop bioenergy projects like combined heat and power units, a new concept was developed. The Rural & Remote Indigenous Bio-Energy Strategy was conceived as an idea for how those communities could participate in the sector and see substantial benefits based on some common goals:
As in every kind of opportunity, there will be costs and benefits, but in the case of bioenergy opportunities for Indigenous communities, specifically for remote, there are several community benefits:
Once the idea for a bioenergy project has received support in a community and a FEED study has demonstrated feasibility for the idea, it’s time to develop a business plan which will illustrate the financial feasibility of the project and act as a key tool for future funding and permitting applications. It is important to start out business planning early in the project development process to help work through the thinking of the full project life cycle and to flush out all the opportunities throughout the supply/value chain.
In his presentation, Blair covered not only the kinds of obvious revenue opportunities, but also some of the less obvious revenue potentials, such as third-party heating agreements, green financing, and carbon pricing. In addition to the overview of tools and considerations for project costing, attendees were given an opportunity to hear learnings from years of experience. Some of the key points for take-away are:
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