CHAR Tech and Lake Nipigon Forest Management Inc. Sign Partnership Agreement

Published March 13, 2024

THUNDER BAY, Ontario, March 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CHAR Technologies (“CHAR Tech” or the “Company”) (TSXV:YES), a leader in sustainable energy solutions, is proud to announce the formalization of a partnership agreement (the “Agreement”) with the First Nations co-operative Lake Nipigon Forest Management Inc. (“LNFMI”), marking a significant milestone for both parties as they advance forestry sustainability programs in Northern Ontario. The partnership, Lake Nipigon Forest Sustainable Energy Solutions, (the “Partnership”) builds upon the foundation laid by the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in April 2023.

LNFMI is a forest management co-operative comprised of four local First Nation Communities who hold the Sustainable Forest License (SFL) on the Lake Nipigon Forest:

  • Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek
  • Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek
  • Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek
  • Red Rock Indian Band

The Partnership will continue advancing development of the jointly-owned facility modeled after CHAR Tech’s flagship facility in Thorold, Ontario. The project is projected to annually produce 500,000 gigajoules of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and 10,000 tonnes of biocarbon and begin operations by 2026.

Under the Agreement, LNFMI will oversee the annual wood fiber harvest from the Lake Nipigon Forest, ensuring CHAR Tech’s wood waste feedstock supply for the wood waste-to-renewable energy (RNG and biocarbon) facility. The Partnership supports initial production goals and paves the way for significant scalable expansion beyond CHAR Tech’s Thorold revenue capacity.

Scot Rubin, CEO of LNFMI, describes how meaningful this partnership is for the four First Nation community shareholders. “LNFMI has come a long way from the forestry downturn 15 years ago. It was the four First Nation partners who kept this company afloat during the hard times, and LNFMI is now overseeing one of the most productive forests in the province. Through this new partnership and RNG initiative, our First Nation shareholders will see employment, contracting opportunities and steady revenue streams for years to come, all while being a part of the clean energy future in the north.”

Andrew White, CEO of CHAR Tech, emphasized the significance of the partnership, stating, "It is gratifying to be working with a partner like LNFMI who shares our vision of driving waste-to-renewable energy solutions. This project will set a good example for future successes in the region and will reveal the value that resides in undesirable and unmarketable wood waste products of traditional harvest systems.”

Also supporting regional development has been the Ontario Government’s Forest Biomass Program’s Indigenous Bioeconomy Partnerships funding stream. In January 2023, LNFMI was awarded an investment of $200,000 to support formalizing the LNFMI and CHAR Tech partnership for the Lake Nipigon Forest Sustainable Energy Solutions RNG and biocarbon production facility.

Graydon Smith, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, added, “We welcome this investment in LNFMI to support formalizing the partnership with CHAR Tech, a company leading forest biomass innovation and clean fuel production in Ontario. Through our Forest Biomass Program’s Indigenous Bioeconomy Partnerships funding stream, Ontario is ensuring that forest sector growth builds prosperity for the four Indigenous shareholders of LNFMI, other Indigenous communities and businesses.”


About CHAR Tech

CHAR Tech (TSXV:YES) first-in-kind high temperature pyrolysis (HTP) technology processes unmerchantable wood and organic wastes to simultaneously generate two renewable energy revenue streams, renewable natural gas (RNG) or green hydrogen and a solid biocarbon that is a carbon neutral drop-in replacement for metallurgical steel making coal.

CHAR’s HTP is an ideal waste to energy solution that aligns with the global green energy transition by diverting waste from landfills and generating sustainable clean energy to decarbonize heavy industry.

For further information, please contact:

Andrew White
Chief Executive Officer
CHAR Technologies Ltd.
T: 866 521-3654
 Galen Cranston
Director of Stakeholder Relations
CHAR Technologies Ltd.
T: 647-546-5633

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