The Bioeconomy and its Benefits to the CommunityPaul van der Werf, ChairWho is the Mayors Sustainable Energy Council?
What is the Councils Mandate?Promote, encourage and support sustainable energy projects for Londons economic and environmental benefit.1.1 billion in energy expenditures annually87% of this leaves LondonIncrease the amount on money spent on local sustainable energy initiatives by $150 million by decreasing the amount exiting London
What is the Bioeconomy?
Sustainable production and conversion of biomass into a range of food, health, fibre and industrial products and energy** The European Bioeconomy in 2030Canadian Bioeconomy*Dominated by energy productionStuttering with glimmersContracted between 2003 and 2009Some growth globallyCanada lacks vision and a plan to use these natural assets to Canadas advantage.*2012 David Sparling, Erin Cheney and John Cranfield Not enough green in Canadas bioproduct industryLondons BioeconomyUrban BiomassEach resident of Ontario generates 250-400kg or organic waste each yearFrom household, commercial, industrial and institutional sourcesIn City of London about 150,000 tonnes/year of biomass12.5MW/electricity of 9,500 homes
Harvest PowerAnaerobic digestion facility70,000 tonnes/year of IC&I(e.g. fats, oils, grease, food waste) waste at 11% solids5.6 MW combined heat and power2.8 MW electrical power5,200 tonnes/year granular fertilizer
Ethanol and Biodiesel UsageLondoners consume 29 million litres of ethanol annually*Valued at about $36 million annually (retail)Ethanol is produced in our regionCity uses 800,000 litres/year of B5 blend biodiesel (which contains 40,000 litres/year of pure biodiesel)
* City of London 2012 Community Energy and Greenhouse Gas Inventory: Challenges and Opportunities
Intellectual and Entrepreneurial Capacity
How do we grow the regions bioeconomy?Urban:Rural interfaceUrbanites net consumers of bioproductsRuralites net producers of bioproductsHow do we facilitate cooperation and integration?A market of sophisticated buyers holds far more power than mandated or subsidized markets, and promises greater returns for investors and governments alike*
*2012 David Sparling, Erin Cheney and John Cranfield Not enough green in Canadas bioproduct industry