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Terry McIntyre Ph.D. P.Ag
Environment Canada
Biofuel 'Footprint Reduction' Strategies with Biotechnology
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
1:30 - 2:00 pm

Abstract:  The world’s energy system is at a crossroads. Current global trends in energy supply and consumption are patently unsustainable – environmentally, economically and socially but this situation can be changed if we can secure a supply of reliable and affordable energy; and effect a rapid transformation towards a low-carbon, energy efficient and environmentally benign system of energy exploration, supply, distribution, and use.

Canada has been blessed with an abundance of energy options and alternatives to petroleum based feedstocks and is now beginning to explore its bioenergy options - with greater vigour - based on the ready availability of significant and diverse quantities of organic feedstocks, and their potential utility in both augmenting existing energy supplies as well as off-setting reliance on petroleum based alternatives as well as other chemical feedstocks.
Forecasting the potential for bioenergy and its environmental consequences under Canadian conditions however, will be challenging because of the myriad of potential feedstocks and biodiversity; novelty, scale, and complexity of conversion processes; compatibility issues with existing petrochemical, transportation and energy "grid" infrastructures; petroleum "parity issues",and challenges in optimizing across both political jurisdictions and economic / environmental considerations.
This presentation will examine the catalysts for and current extent and range of bioenergy development in Canada. It will introduce the importance of the use of environmental benchmarking for bioenergy and some selected results from ongoing research and collaboration designed to better understand the environmental consequences from this development to date.
It will also introduce new scientific challenges on the horizon - as bioenergy development garners increasing momentum in Canada and elsewhere. Finally it will suggest future research necessary to enable, inform, and guide development of an orderly and sustainable bioenergy "industry" and allow all bioenergy constituents in attendance at the ABIC workshop to better understand and capture the attendant environmental and economic benefits from these exciting opportunities.

Terry McIntyre is the Senior Science Advisor-Biofuels and Bioenergy - for the Science and Technology Integration Branch of Environment Canada.

For the past 28 years, he has held a number of positions within the Department that have focused on improved understanding the regulatory, scientific, technical, and environmental dimensions of applied biosciences - for a variety of domestic, national, and international life science initiatives.

His first fifteen years were spent in the development of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act- New Substances Notification Regulations where he managed the scientific team responsible for the development of the risk assessment framework now currently deployed under CEPA NSD for the evaluation of microorganisms prior to their importation, manufacture, and use in Canada. For the last fourteen years, he has worked exclusively on applied environmental biotechnology where he leads a research term exploring the environmental consequences of applied microbial, plant, and biochemical based approaches to such areas as biofuels and biochemicals production, energy efficiency, industrial ecology, GHG adaptation and mitigation, and plant based remediation and restoration systems.

In this capacity Terry established Environment Canada’s Strategic Technology Applications of Genomics in the Environment (STAGE) program- a platform to support and explore environmental applications of genomics in support of both a number of departmental mandates and research priorities.

He also manages Environment Canada’s Bioenergy and Environment Science and Technology (BEST ) program - designed to develop the environmental science base necessary to support the Canadian federal government transition towards accelerated biofuel production and use under the Renewable Fuels Strategy Framework initiative announced in 2006.

Terry has also worked extensively internationally, on a number of environmental technology outreach projects across North and South America, Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia, India, China, and Africa. He holds undergraduate degrees in economics (BA-University of Western Ontario), environmental science (B.E.Sc. University of Waterloo); a Masters Degree in Resource Management (University of Guelph) and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science (University of Waterloo). He is also a Professional Agrologist and the author of seven book chapters and over 350 scientific and technical papers and presentations.

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