Did You Know?
100 trees remove five tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and about 454 kilograms of air pollutants per year.
Beyond Beehive Burners – Cleaner Air, Cleaner Industry
Williams Lake once had nine beehive burners, developed at a time when there were few
alternative uses for wood waste. Today, consistent with this Air Action Plan, the beehive
burners have been eliminated. The community’s wood waste goes to a high-efficiency
plant where it’s used to generate electricity, and local air quality has shown a steady
improvement since the 1990s.
Action #20: Promote better burning techniques in the forest industry. In B.C.’s rural
areas, where traffic is lighter, smoke generated by forest companies burning off their excess
wood waste can be a key contributor to local air pollution.
To minimize pollutants from industry operations, the B.C. government is developing a
cost-shared incentive program that supports the industry to develop new and innovative
burning methods, including pilot projects for the use of sophisticated smoke and venting
tools, alternative burning practices, and the implementation of emerging technologies to
reduce harmful emissions. Cost-sharing will help ensure that government and industry
share in air quality stewardship in B.C.
Action #21: Turn more wood waste into energy. B.C. is the #1 producer of biomass
energy in Canada. In 2005 alone, B.C.’s forest industries generated the equivalent of
$150 million worth of electricity and roughly $1.5 billion in the form of heat energy - just by
burning waste wood. In early 2008, the government released the BC Bioenergy Strategy, which
will build on these successes and establish B.C. as a world leader in bioenergy development.
The BC Bioenergy Strategy will promote new sources of sustainable and renewable energy
and take advantage of the large quantities of beetle-killed timber now being harvested in the
Interior, as well as of biomass diverted from closing beehive burners, agricultural biomass and
future bioenergy technologies. It supports both the B.C. Energy Plan and this Air Action Plan by
contributing to B.C.’s electricity self-sufficiency, providing more alternatives to fossil fuels and helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollutants.