INDUSTRY NEWS Grants for forests worldwide E
stablished by the United Parcel Service of America, The UPS Foundation has announced it will award
more than $2.6 million in grants to non-profit organisations focused on environmental sustainability initiatives. This includes a significant grant to 25-year partner, The Nature Conservancy, a global organisation that works to preserve ecologically-important land and water resources through conservation. Other grants will support programs that advance environmental research and education, carbon reduction and energy conservation, all of which are vital to economic growth and community stability.
The Nature Conservancy grant includes a partnership extension for the UPS Global Forestry Initiative, a program designed to plant, protect and preserve trees in urban and rural areas and forests worldwide. The grant will enable The Nature Conservancy to continue reforestation efforts for at-risk or eroded ecosystems throughout the US, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico and Tanzania.
“Our multi-faceted strategy is to support organisations that advance environmental sustainability in different yet important ways, which collectively help create thriving communities for future generations,” said Eduardo Martinez, President
of The UPS Foundation and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at UPS. “From planting trees to helping further the discussion on climate change in our industry, The UPS Foundation is committed to working with our pre-eminent partner organisations to create a more sustainable planet for everyone.” Working with its partners, The UPS Foundation has planted more than 1.8 million trees in 2016 and more than seven million trees since 2012. The UPS Foundation has a goal to fund the planting of 15 million trees by the end of 2020. In addition to The Nature Conservancy, The UPS Foundation is awarding environmental grants to ten other organisations: • DonorsChoose.org
, backing environmental education classroom projects submitted by public school teachers in rural US communities.
• Earth Day Network for the Trees for Communities project that will plant more than 500,000 trees in Mexico, India, Cameroon, Uganda and the Boreal Forest in Canada.
• Earthwatch in support of two education and research workshops as part of the organisation’s 2017 Climate Ambassadors Program.
• Keep America Beautiful Inc to fulfill local tree planting grants and beautification projects,
advance community education and engage UPS employees through volunteerism.
• National Arbor Day Foundation for continued help with reforestation programs of Canada’s Boreal Forest, planting 50,000 trees.
• National Park Foundation to extend reforestation efforts in reclaimed mining land near the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
• Student Conservation Association for assistance with its National Conservation Internship Program for college students interested in environmental stewardship careers.
• World Business Council for Sustainable Development to support public/private partnerships to enhance environmental sustainability.
• World Resources Institute to provide continued program support for The Greenhouse Gas Protocol and Principles for Sustainable Development of Renewable Natural Gas.
• World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to build local capacity for tropical rainforest restoration and reforestation in Africa, Asia and Latin America through WWF’s Education for Nature Reforestation Grants to non-governmental organisations, community groups and educational institutions.
Biomass boiler for Danish island
International technology Group Andritz has received an order from the regional Danish municipality Helsingør Kraftvarmeværk AS to deliver a biomass boiler island for its Combined Heat and Power plant. With the new boiler, natural gas will be replaced by biomass in energy production. The plant will supply heat and power to the Helsingør community in the Northern part of Sjælland island. Start-up of the boiler is scheduled for the end of 2018.
The scope of supply includes the boiler island (from fuel silos to boiler outlet), based on Andritz’ well-proven bubbling fluidised bed design, which combines
high efficiency with excellent environmental performance. The boiler will burn wood-based biomass (forest residue, bark, sawdust, and wood chips) and generate 75 t/h of steam to power an existing turbine. This project will be the company’s first biomass boiler supplied to a customer in Denmark and is another example of sustainable biomass replacing fossil fuels in an efficient and environmentally-friendly way.
Biomass-fired boiler for Russian mill
Valmet will deliver a biomass- fired boiler plant and related automation and environmental systems to Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill (Segezha PPM) in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. Segezha PPM is part of Segezha Group, a vertically- integrated international forest industry holding company that comprises Russian and European enterprises in the forest, wood processing and pulp and paper industries, as well as paper packaging manufacturing enterprises. Delivery by Valmet is scheduled for 2017. The boiler will produce steam for the mill’s production processes and enable it to use wood residues and sludge as fuel and thus reduce the use of heavy fuel oil and lower its emissions and environmental impact. This is the third boiler delivery featuring Valmet’s Bubbling Fluidised Bed technology to Russia in the past three years.
Lignin altered to boost biofuel production
Scientists based at the US Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National
Laboratory, together with other collaborators, have altered the lignin in aspen trees in a way that increases access to biofuel building blocks without inhibiting plant growth. They have been able to do this by engineering a novel enzyme involved in lignin synthesis. Their research has increased ethanol yield by almost 50% from healthy aspen trees, whose woody biomass released 62% more simple sugars than native plants.
AEBIOM joins PEFC On 10 June, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) announced that the Brussels-based European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) had become a member. PEFC is the world’s largest forest and wood product certification organisation, regulating more than 275 million hectares of forest area in compliance with its sustainable forest management standard.
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