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The Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition is one of the largest and longest-running events of its kind in Canada. First held in Prince George in 2004, the conference began with a focus on bioenergy and the growing wood pellet sector in north-central British Columbia. Since then, it has grown to cover the entire value chain of forest-based bioproducts – from the sustainable management of forests through to energy, wood products, bio-based chemicals.
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WHAT IS THE BIOECONOMY?
The bioeconomy consists of those parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources from land and sea – such as crops, forest, fish, animals, and micro-organisms – to produce food, materials, and energy.
Our conference focuses on the forest as a tremendous source of renewable biomass that can both store carbon and off-set the use of carbon-intensive products such as steel, concrete, plastics, and fossil fuels. In addition to the environmental benefits, the Canadian bioeconomy employs 2 million people in communities large and small, northern and southern, from coast to coast.