The 2012 International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials was held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Now in its 7th year, Nano2012 had 232 delegates from 20 countries to see what was new in cellulose and renewable nanomaterials. The theme for 2012 program – Bringing a New Dimension to Sustainable Business Solutions – was selected to highlight the need for a business case if renewable nanomaterials are going to be incorporated into new products. Cellulose Nanomaterials (CNs) and their composites were the main topic of interest. Technical presentations shared advances in various areas of research, such as, CN processing, characterization, surface functionalization, and composite processing. Additionally there were sessions dedicated to applications of CNs, environmental health and safety aspects of CNs, as well as national and international standards for CNs.