Friday, July 6, 2012
Warren Mabee (Geography, Policy Studies) has been a key member of BioFuelNet, a new Network of Centres of Excellence that joins academic and industrial partners to facilitate development of sustainable and cost-effective biofuels.
“This network is going to make sure all researchers across the nation are connected and working towards creating a unique, Canadian approach to non-food biofuels,” says Dr. Mabee. “In a country with no comprehensive energy strategy, our team at BioFuelNet will have a key role to play in defining how renewable fuels can contribute to our energy needs while meeting social and environmental goals.”
Dr. Mabee’s goal is to make a contribution to renewable energy supply in Canada through better energy policy. BioFuelNet’s research projects include turning items like forest residues, processed paper waste and municipal solid waste into fuels, green solvents and biodegradable plastics and resins.
BioFuelNet, funded by the federal government as one of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence, is organized along four regional platforms, with four themes crossing all platforms; Dr. Mabee is heading the social, economic and environmental sustainability theme. Within five years, BioFuelNet aims to identify and begin to implement technologies that will ultimately allow 25% of Canada’s fuel requirements to be met through biological sources.
BioFuelNet began as an initiative out of McGill University.