The Sarnia area is a great place for bio-companies to invest, according to a recent “A” or “high quality” rating by the Bioeconomy Development Opportunity (BDO) Zone initiative.
Due to the area’s abundance of corn stover that can be used as a feedstock to supply the bioeconomy - in the amount of 190,000 oven-dried metric tonnes annually – Sarnia-Lambton is Ontario’s first community to become a BDO Zone and achieve an “A” rating. The Sarnia-Lambton BDO covers a 140 km area.
Corn stover is the parts of the corn that are usually left on the fields after harvest, including leaves, stalks, and cobs. As biomass, it can be used in ethanol fuel and pharmaceuticals.
The BDO Initiative is an American “standard-based technical risk assessment of biomass feedstock, supply chain and infrastructure attributes” of a region. BDO Zones are intended to de-risk and attract investment into the production of sustainable fuels, chemicals, and bio-based products.
The announcement was made by the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership and Sarnia-based Bioindustrial Innovation Canada who worked together to obtain the designation.
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