Glossary

Advanced Bioproducts  

New forest products that are near commercialization or emerging, conventional forest products with new approaches or conventional non-forest products made with forest biomass.

Carbon Sequestration

The uptake and storage of carbon. Trees and plants, for example, absorb carbon dioxide, release the oxygen and store the carbon. Fossil fuels were at one time biomass and continue to store the carbon until burned. 

Conventional Bioproducts 

Fully commercialized products that are developed by standard technologies and processes.

Engineered Wood Products

Products made by connecting existing wood products such as boards, veneers, and fibres to improve the performance of the product, for both structural and non-structural purposes. EWP's can be used to replace concrete and steel, as well as for insulation, wall studs and panels. 

Forest Bioeconomy 

Economic development relying on biomass as the key input in manufacturing consumer and industrial products, while displacing petrochemicals and other carbon intensive materials throughout our economy.

Forest Biomass

Organic material from all parts of the tree, including wood waste from forest management activities.

Fibre Utilization 

Increased fibre utilization projects aim to eliminate the practice of slash pile burning, while supporting the B.C. bioenergy and pulp/paper industry. Instead of burning wood waste in piles, this fibre or biomass can be transported off-site for use in short- (e.g. paper) and long-lived wood products (e.g. lumber) or used as a source of energy in place of fossil fuels. By making use of wood waste that would otherwise be burned, fibre utilization projects lead to immediate GHG emission reductions and economic growth and diversification.

Forest Bioproducts 

Commercial, industrial or consumer goods made wholly or substantially from forest biomass.

Slash Pile Burning

When logging takes place in B.C., some residual wood fibre is typically left behind. To reduce the risk of wildfires and make space for trees to grow, it is common to pile and burn wood waste during ideal weather conditions. This practice is known as slash pile burning, and it negatively impacts air quality and leads to increased Greenhouse Gas emissions.