Crimson Bioenergy Ltd.has extensive forest management, forest ecosystem restoration, energy crops and greenhouse gas offsets (carbon credits) expertise and is focused on the development of longer-term wood fibre/carbon credit plantations that meet the terms of "afforestation" under forest carbon offset programs. It also is developing reforestation projects on under-utilized agricultural lands for the expanding biomass energy market that involve short rotation, high density hybrid poplar plantations, called 'energy crops', with 3-to-10 year growth cycles. (Source: MENAFN, 19 July, 2013) Contact: Crimson Bioenergy Ltd., William Carr, CEO, (604) 574-3100, www.crimsonbioenergy.com
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According to Fernando Raga, the president of the Chilean Wood Corporation (CORMA), these figures show the importance of planting forests for Chile -- a situation that applies to the rest of the world. Among the four billion hectares of forests in the world, only 7 percent are planted forests, but they provide two thirds of the current wood production, alleviating the pressure on native woodland.
Raga says that forest plantation in Chile has doubled in nearly 30 years, increasing from 1.1 million hectares in 1984 to 2.4 million hectares in 2012.
The size of native woodland has been relatively stable since the National Cadastre of Native Vegetation Resources of Chile (1994-1997) landmark assessment on land resources.
At that time native woodland represented 13.4 million hectares, while the last update indicates that it reached 13.6 million hectares in 2011 -- a net gain of 200,000 hectares in 15 years. (Source: WorldCrunch, July 14, 2013)
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The ACCUs were created using a federal government approved methodology developed earlier this year by CO2 Australia that allows carbon project proponents to account for carbon in reforestation and afforestation projects using field-based measurements. (Source: Newmont Australia, Climate Spec., 6 June, 2013) Contact: CO2 Australia, +61 3 9928 5111, info@http://www.co2australia.com.au, http://www.co2australia.com.au; Newmont Mining Corp. (Australia), www.newmont.com
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Forests currently cover about 4000 million ha and, excluding woodlands under 0.5 ha, or primarily within agricultural or urban land uses, are estimated to store around 650 GtC, including around 290 GtC both in forest biomass and in soils, and 70 GtC in deadwood and litter. While comparisons are sensitive to definitional issues such as the depth of soil carbon covered, the latter estimates imply that the amount currently stored is of a similar order of magnitude to the total amount of carbon now in the earth's atmosphere -- currently around 800 GtC.
Forestry has a potentially very significant contribution to make globally and might contribute two-thirds of the total climate change mitigation potential of land management activities. There are two principal ways in which it can contribute: deforestation and afforestation/reforestation.
Deforestation is a major source of GHG emissions. This is the reason, for instance, that forestry was the third largest source of global emissions in 2004, accounting for around 17 percent of the total in that year. It's also the reason that it has contributed an estimated 45 percent of the total increase in atmospheric CO2 since 1850. In the absence of mitigation efforts, deforestation could result in an increase of 30 ppm in atmospheric CO2 by 2100, making stabilization of atmospheric GHG concentrations at a level that avoids the worst effects of climate change highly unlikely. Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) is therefore a very important climate change mitigation activity if the international community's current climate stabilization aspirations are to be met, especially in countries where the level of annual deforestation is high.
Afforestation and reforestation activities can make significant contributions to sequestering atmospheric carbon, as well as providing a renewable source of energy and materials to substitute for use of fossil fuels and more fossil-carbon-intensive materials. By itself, carbon sequestration by forests is best viewed as a component of mitigation strategies -- however, it is far from sufficient to sequester total emissions from burning fossil fuels.
Under business-as-usual scenarios global emissions from burning fossil fuels may be of the order of 1800 GtC to 2100 GtC over the twenty-first century, exceeding the maximum potential human-induced forest carbon sink by a factor of 5-10. (Source: UK Forestry Commission, 20 May, 2013) Contact: UK Forestry Commission, http://www.forestry.gov.uk
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BluForest Inc. will sell offsets in the voluntary markets under the UN principle of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+). The company has offices in Quito, Ecuador and Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Source: BluForest, PR, 26 Nov., 2012) Contact: BluForest, (855) 509-5508, email@example.com, www.bluforest.com
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In 2011, China completed afforestation across nearly six million hectares and upgraded 788,800 hectares of forest that had been haunted by low yield capacity and low protection efficiency. More than 2.51 billion trees were planted in volunteer tree-planting drives in 2011, and China's urban green areas reached 2.24 million hectares, according to the report released by China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
The State Forestry Administration has formulated a five-point action plan for forestry departments to mitigate climate change in the years until 2015. The action plan includes accelerating afforestation, improving forest management, strengthening forest resources administration, enhancing forest disaster prevention and control and fostering emerging forestry industries.
China has also made efforts to increase its grassland carbon sinks, the report said. In 2011, the State Council disbursed 13.6 billion yuan ($2.16 billion) to develop a subsidy and award mechanism for grassland conservation in nine provincial areas. Approximately 10.57 million farm households benefited from the subsidy and award policy in 2011. The policy was extended to cover herding areas in 2012 as part of the project to return grazing land to more than 4.4 million hectares of grassland.
To strengthen agricultural carbon sinks, the central government committed 30 million yuan to promote conservation farming technology. It has also invested a total of 300 million yuan in conservation farming projects.
The carbon storage capacity of farmland soil can be increased by 20 percent by the application of conservation farming technology, which would help cut farmland CO2and other GHG emissions by 0.61-1.27 tonnes per hectare annually. This, if applied nationally, would amount to an annual reduction of more than 3 million tons of CO2, the report said. (Source: shanghaidaily.com, 21 Nov., 2012)
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The state government has already acquired land for the project and
a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) detailing the state's involvement and investment is expected to be signed shortly. (Source: Business Day, 26 April, 2012)
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CSQ and ERA have amended the amount of VERs to be delivered under their agreement to the 129,545 VERs being transferred, with CSQ retaining full rights to the additional VER's that will be resulting from the project.
William W. Carr, President and CEO of Crimson stated, "We are excited to complete the validation on the Flatrock project and the transfer of VERs to ERA. We view the Flatrock project as a critical step to bringing this under-utilized land back to working forest. The Flatrock lands are a great initial acquisition for the Company."
Duncan Manson, CEO of ERA states, "We are pleased to see this important pilot carbon project achieve this milestone and deliver its first tonnes [or 'VERs.'] We'd like to congratulate Crimson for their diligent work in envisioning the project and bringing it to life. The Flatrock project demonstrates the efficacy of using carbon finance as a mechanism to help address the forest restoration needs of British Columbia." (Source: Crimson Bioenergy, January 2012) Crimson Bioenergy Ltd., William Carr, CEO, (604) 574-3100; ERA Carbon Offsets, Duncan Manson CEO, (604) 973-6500
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(Source: Crimson Bioenergy, January 2012) Contact: Crimson Bioenergy Ltd., Peter Fentiman, Investor Relations, (604) 210-0899, www.crimsonbioenergy.com;
ERA Carbon Offsets, Duncan Manson, CEO, OR John Block, Director of Operations, (604) 973- 6500 x 110, www.eracarbonoffsets.com
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The primary hurdle to implement Mississippi Delta restoration is the price tag, estimated between $10 billion for near-term restoration to $150 billion for broader restoration and protection measures. Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast recently estimated that between $20 billion and $50 billion will realistically be available for funding over the next 50 years, but acknowledged a budget up to five times that size could be needed. Under the new methodology, carbon credits created by restoring wetlands can be registered and sold to help finance additional wetland restoration. (Source: American Carbon Registry) Contact: American Carbon Registry, Mary Grady, Director of Membership and Registry Services, (703) 525-9430, ext. 820, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.americancarbonregistry.org
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Through the use of gene recombination technology, Toyota recently developed a new strain of yeast that will play an important role in the fermentation process for producing cellulosic ethanol. Fermentation of xylose, one of the sugars produced when plant fibers are broken down in the enzymatic saccharification process, is normally difficult to achieve with naturally occurring yeasts. Toyota's newly developed yeast is not only highly efficient at fermenting xylose but also highly resistant to such fermentation-inhibiting substances as acetic acid. As a result, the yeast has achieved one of the highest ethanol fermentation density levels in the world* (approximately 47 g/liter), and is expected to improve bio-fuel yield and significantly reduce production costs.
Research at Toyota is underway on developing comprehensive technologies for the various processes involved in producing cellulosic ethanol, including raw material pretreatment, enzymatic saccharification and yeast fermentation.
Ultimately, the Company plans to further improve bio-fuel production yield and to cooperate with energy companies to realize its goal of commercializing cellulosic ethanol by 2020. (Source: Toyota, October, 3, 2011)
Contact: Toyota, www.toyota.com
According to Reuters, the Republic of the Congo is seeking donor support and international investments of $2.6 billion for the initiative.
Although the plan is being sold as environmental reforestation, it could easily be construed as effort to attract investment in plantation products. According to a press release from the government, the plantations will use both native and exotic species. "Through this program, developers of biofuels, pulp and paper, medium fiberboard and high density of essential oils and find investment opportunities in the plantations to meet wood-term needs of and oil industry," a Congo government press release states.
Environmentalists blame expansion of industrial plantations—oil palm, wood-pulp, and rubber—for driving large-scale destruction of forests, especially in Southeast Asia. Forest loss has further imperiled already-endangered species and emitted vast quantities of GHGs.
Logging and illegal logging are the primary threat to Africa's great Congo rainforest, the second largest in the world after the Amazon.(Source: Mongabay, August,10, 2011)
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