Through innovation and insights, the FPB/B group will help decarbonise global society by replacing fossil-derived feedstocks with sustainable bioproducts.

One of the hardest to decarbonise sectors of society is transportation. Although “green” electricity is expected to increasingly “drive” the automotive sector, long-distance transport such as aviation and marine will need a low carbon intensive biofuel. This is a focus of the FPB/B group, who work on the technology, policy and life cycle analysis (LCA) aspects of decarbonising transport using the power of biotechnology.

Collaborating with International and Provincial Associations

Research Areas




Bioenergy Policy &


Innovate BC Ignite Award

Forestry/Biocomposites: Dr. Jack Saddler, UBC, is working with Performance Biofilaments to incorporate nanocellulose products derived from wood pulp into high-tech, lightweight, composite thermoplastics for the automotive manufacturing and sporting goods markets. The pursuit of these non-traditional applications of wood cellulose will establish new markets and push the development of exceptional, new nanocellulose materials at commercially viable prices, while reducing the amount of plastics used around the world. Awarded: $103,100