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Canadian Pulp and Paper Capacity 1998- 45 consumption from 1990 levels through co-generation alone (see footnote 44). 1 Biotechnology Applications There are at least four major areas where biotechnology has a role to play in cleaner production and energy efficiency in the pulp and paper industry: A) Fibre and Product Quality Forestry biotechnology and improved silviculture allow for tailoring of future fibre resources to match required end product properties. This has the potential to yield superior products and process savings in terms of decreased requirements for energy and chemical inputs.

Xylanase in pulp bleaching). g. ethanol from waste sulfite liquor). Several initiatives (see below) have recently been launched to improve the receptor capacity of the forest products industry for technologies relating to intensive forestry. Leading forestry research organizations in North Carolina and other regions of the US are encouraging US forestry companies to use biotechnology to grow more wood on less land and to produce hardier trees with better traits. org), in 1999, created an Advisory Committee on Forest Biotechnology, which will look at strengthening US forest biotechnology endeavours.

Approximately US $ 4 billion) of the world pesticide market by 200534. The bulk of the environmental and economic benefits from these biotechnology products will be realized in the agriculture sector and not the chemicals sector. g. g. com). Some crops are now genetically engineered to have built-in pesticides which are toxic only to the insect pest and not to humans who eat the crop - this eliminates pesticide runoff and 34 Decision Resources, Biotechnology’s Impact on the Chemical Industry,(1998).

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