Switching oil for wood in heating: Finnish government incentives fuel ‘revolution’ in thinking

CBC News
October 12, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada East

Kai Mykkanen

It’s time to think outside the wooden box if countries like Canada want to cut down on the use of fossil fuels as a energy and heat source, says Kai Mykkanen, the minister of foreign trade and development in Finland, who was speaking Wednesday in Thunder Bay, Ont., at the Biomass North conference. “We never found oil and that’s why we were forced to concentrate and focus more on how we can actually increase the value-added,” he said. In Canada, trees tend to be used for one purpose only, be it as lumber or in pulp and paper manufacturing. But in Finland, the wood is used in both those areas as well as in energy production, and as a fuel source.

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