Alberta is a place of optimism, innovation and success. The province is home to some of the richest agricultural land, energy and forest resources in the world, located in breathtaking natural spaces. These natural resources offered abundant natural wealth to Alberta’s Indigenous peoples and the European settlers who followed. They continue to form the foundation for Alberta’s economy today. Since its early history, Alberta has proven to be a highly attractive province in Canada to put down roots.
Biomass Opportunities in Alberta
The Alberta government is committed to maintaining healthy forest and agricultural industries which include access to more than 160M (64.75 hectares) and 52M (21 hectares) acres, respectively. The province’s goal is to utilize biomass to its fullest extent by developing innovative bioproducts and creating renewable sources of energy to diversify forest and agricultural product streams.
Alberta Innovates, the province’s main research and innovation funding organization, has supported the development of a highly detailed no-cost online inventory of the province’s biomass. The Bio-Resource Information Management System (BRIMS) was created using advanced geospatial mapping technology. BRIMS is a valuable tool for investment grade information and can help investors:
- Identify and locate biomass and other ecosystem services in Alberta
- Filter and search information
- Create and save supply reports
- Easily target and customize search locations
- Build and compare scenarios
Facts About Alberta's Biomass Industries
- Alberta’s forested lands covers 38M hectares or 60% of the province.
- The Annual Allowable Cut of timber in 2009 was 30,014,000 m3
- Major forest products industry facilities with utilization over 100,000m3 wood/yr
- 7 pulp mills – 4 kraft and 3 high yield / thermomechanical
- 23 sawmills
- 6 panelboard mills
- 1 laminated veneer lumber facility
- A variety of forest biomass sources are available including mill residues, black liquor from pulping operations and harvesting residues.
Source: 2012 Statistics. For more information on the forest sector, click here.
- 52M acres in agriculture over a wide geographic range
- 23M acres in crops with 1.67M acres in irrigation
- Wide range of crops possible including ; wheat (6.7M acres), Canola (4.5M acres), Barley (3M acres)
- Alberta is Canada’s 3rd largest agrifood exporter with cash receipts for primary agriculture at $9.3 billion and food manufacturing at $12 billion or 21% of Alberta’s manufacturing productivity.
- Agriculture is Alberta’s second largest industry after the oil and gas sector. Alberta produces an estimated 8M tonnes of surplus straw annually and 11.3M tonnes of wheat and barley grain in 2009.
- Over 70% of Alberta’s crop land is in conservation or zero tillage
Source: 2009 Statistics. For more information on the Agriculture Industry, click here.