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NEA Promotes Innovative Applications of Biotechnologies

NEA Promotes Innovative Applications of Biotechnologies

The SCA’s membership in the New Economy Alliance (NEA) reflects a common purpose of promoting and supporting innovation in new technologies for biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials. The alliance connects industry associations in the forestry, chemicals, agriculture, renewable fuels and biotechnology sectors.

Other NEA members include BIOTECanada, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, CropLife Canada and the Forest Products Association of Canada.

Jeff PassmoreJeff Passmore
Coordinator, New Economy Alliance

Coordinator Jeff Passmore says the alliance launched informally in May 2011 as members met to discuss the common interest of their groups in encouraging the use of biomass for fuels and chemicals. “That led to a meeting of energy ministers in Kananaskis, Alberta in July where we had the opportunity to talk to governments and the provincial and federal level about the importance of adding value to Canada’s natural resources in agriculture and forestry.”

Passmore says the NEA recommended in a prebudget submission that the federal government, led by Natural Resources Canada, Industry Canada and Agriculture Canada in collaboration with industry and other stakeholders to assess what steps need to be taken that could involve the tax system, program design and government procurement policies.

The NEA aims to work with governments to advance the bioeconomy across the agriculture, forestry, chemical, manufacturing and energy sectors. It promotes innovation in new technologies that would add value to Canada’s vast natural resources.  Producing these new biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials would maintain and create jobs, generate economic growth, enhance Canada’s competitiveness and be environmentally beneficial.  

Passmore says the NEA believes Canada should seek to leverage maximum value from its natural resources in agriculture and forest biomass through innovation and upgrading. Such “value-add” represents a national development opportunity from which all regions of the country will benefit.

As an energy source, Canada’s biomass resources can be economically refined into clean, low carbon advanced renewable fuels, heat and power that can meet stringent GHG reduction standards. Beyond energy, integration of these new bioprocessing technologies into established industrial infrastructure will deliver an array of other non-fossil based, value-added alternatives such as solvents, plastics, paints, adhesives, insulation, textiles, and consumer products.

Technology innovation is expected to open up new multi-billion dollar markets for Canadian industry, and help ensure Canada remains competitive with our trading partners in Europe, the U.S., China and Brazil – competitors who are already acting to stimulate innovation and attract investment to the bio-economy.

The NEA encourages federal, provincial and territorial governments to consider the multi-billion dollar potential of including value-added resource upgrading and innovation as an integral part of Canada’s future economic and environmental prosperity.

Passmore says the NEA recognizes that governments in Canada have taken initial steps to help industry contribute to the emerging new economy.  However much more must be done to take advantage of the multi-billion dollar opportunities in the bioeconomy and turn Canada into a world leader in new value-added products. It supports development of a national energy vision that would include clean, renewable bioenergy from a broad range of natural resources.

The alliance is looking to expand its membership in the future to include other groups and companies.

New Economy Alliance

The New Economy Alliance (NEA) brings together a group of industry associations representing forestry, chemicals, agriculture, renewable fuels and biotechnology with a common purpose and shared vision. Its purpose is to promote innovation in new technologies for biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials. Its vision is for Canada to develop a world-leading bioeconomy that adds value to our vast wealth of natural resources, creates high quality jobs, generates economic growth, enhances Canada’s international competitiveness and improves our environment.

New Economy Alliance

The New Economy Alliance (NEA) (neweconomyalliance.org) brings together a group of industry associations representing forestry, chemicals, agriculture, renewable fuels and biotechnology with a common purpose and shared vision. Its purpose is to promote innovation in new technologies for bio-fuels, bio-chemicals and bio-materials. Its vision is for Canada to develop a world-leading bio-economy that adds value to our vast wealth of natural resources, creates high quality jobs, generates economic growth, enhances Canada's international competitiveness and improves our environment.

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