Environmental Governance and Shifts in Canadian Biofuel Production and Innovation

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Abstract

Canada's adoption of international climate commitments, national emissions standards, and incentive programs drove expansion of biofuel production using available first-generation technologies in feedstock-rich regions. Market saturation and the emergence of second-generation technologies shifted government support away from first-generation technologies, placing pressure on regional production clusters. This article analyzes how Canadian biofuel firms restructured their value-chain activities in response to those technological and policy changes. The ability to access technologies and navigate multiscalar policy contexts shapes restructuring. Geographic patterns of cellulosic innovation are identified, and the role of firms and policy in regional industrial reorganization is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-395
Number of pages11
JournalProfessional Geographer
Volume67
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • cellulosic biofuel
  • environmental governance
  • geography of transitions
  • innovation
  • renewable energy

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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Environmental Governance and Shifts in Canadian Biofuel Production and Innovation. / Kedron, Peter.

In: Professional Geographer, Vol. 67, No. 3, 03.07.2015, p. 385-395.

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