A Surprising Player in Decarbonizing the Inside Passage

There are many players that need to be involved in decarbonizing the Inside Passage besides boatowners.  These other important players include port directors and commissioners, marina owner’s, fuel dock managers and owners, resort owners, chandlery managers, bands and tribes, commercial fishermen/women, commercial fleet owners, etc. 

A big one that most folks probably would not expect are the producers and owners of waste streams.  Advancements in bioscience and the bioeconomy have led to cost-effective fuels, made from waste streams, that work perfectly in diesel vessels (and in airplanes).  This product is Renewable Diesel (and Renewable Aviation Fuel).  Here in the Inside Passage, these waste sources include pulpmill, sawmill, slash and other forestry bi-products, fish and meat processing bi-products, coffee grounds, landfills, even partially-treated sewage and the rather voluminous waste glycerin bi-product of batch biodiesel production. Many of these technologies are described in detail on the Resources page in the "BIOFUELS - RENEWABLE DIESEL AND BIODIESEL" section.  Producing these green marine fuels also creates green jobs – one of the central strategies of IPDP.  A significant example is the fully-financed Canfor cellulosic waste-based Renewable Diesel and Renewable Aviation Fuel plant nearing ground-breaking near Prince George.

The IPDP is starting work on a “living” chart/map of the significant waste streams that exist along the Inside Passage.  Email us with information about these potential low-carbon fuel sources in your area (location, contents, source, size parameters, historic or on-going, photos, etc.). Please hit the Contact button and let us know.  Thank you!

It’s great to have you aboard! 

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