Yukon Government Adopts Biomass Energy Strategy

The Yukon Government has officially adopted a strategy to get Yukoners to heat their homes in a way that it says is cost-effective and environmentally sustainable. The government drafted its biomass strategy last year, noting that wood-fueled heating systems are present in just 20 percent of Yukon homes. Yukoners spend $60 million a year on […]

The Yukon Government has officially adopted a strategy to get Yukoners to heat their homes in a way that it says is cost-effective and environmentally sustainable.

The government drafted its biomass strategy last year, noting that wood-fueled heating systems are present in just 20 percent of Yukon homes. Yukoners spend $60 million a year on fossil fuels, a figure the government wants reduced.

Shane Andre with the Yukon Government’s Energy Solutions says creating and supporting a biomass industry in the Yukon makes more sense than trucking in fossil fuels.

“With just five percent of what burns naturally in the territory, we could heat every building in the territory,” said Shane Andre with Energy Solutions. Andre says burning wood would help promote a sustainable forest industry in the territory. He also says burning wood is considered carbon neutral.

“As long as we are allowing the forest to regrow, the carbon monoxide emissions we release when we burn it will be returned to the tree and therefore is a neutral cycle.” Andre says it’s important Yukoners make sure they’re using a wood stove that’s approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and one that’s installed properly.

From CBC News: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-biomass-energy-1.3457946

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