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  • Video: Heating with Wood Pellets

    Heating with wood pellets is an effective way to help in the fight against climate change.

  • Video: Wood Pellet Association of Canada

    Existing coal plants can be cost-effectively repurposed to use wood pellet fuel to help the environment and reduce air pollution.

  • Pellets

    Made from renewable forest byproducts and unmerchantable material, wood pellets from Canada provide a renewable, sustainable fuel source for generations to enjoy. | Read More

  • Sustainable

    Only 9% of the world’s forest are certified. Over 42% of them are in Canada, making it an ideal source for sustainable wood pellets. | Read More

  • Renewable

    WPAC members rely on sawmill waste and forest harvest residuals for the bulk of their fibre supply, allowing 100% resource use. | Read More

  • Fossil Fuel Alternative

    Whether on their own or co-fired with coal, wood pellets provide a lower carbon footprint and renewable energy source. | Read More

  • Innovative

    WPAC continues to support R&D in key wood pellet areas like safety, efficiency, fuel stability, energy content and more. | Read More

Association News and Publications

PacBio bobtail fire
Photo courtesy Pacific BioEnergy

Pacific Bioenergy’s (PacBio) salvage and reforestation program is demonstrating the important contribution that a strong, competitive bioenergy sector can make in advancing sustainable forest management and contributing to a low-carbon economy.

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Untying Gordian Knot photo
Micah Larsen (left) and Paul Larsen (right) standing by Larsen Family Farm's imported Heizomat 100 kW biomass boiler in Prince Edward Island, the only Canadian province that permits EN 303-5 certified boilers such as this one. Photo credit: Daniel Larsen.

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Greath Northern Timber
Miles Wright, operations manager for Great Northern Timber Resources’ pellet operation in Nova Scotia, says the new owner’s supply chain integration will give them fibre security.

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WPAC co firing report
Biomass co-firing power plants in Japan.


From Feb. 25-27, WPAC's executive director Gordon Murray attended the IEA Clean Coal Centre (IEACCC)’s annual workshop on co-firing biomass with coal in Kokura, Japan. WPAC was a platinum workshop sponsor. Participants included government agencies, regulators, power utilities, biomass and equipment suppliers, consultants and academia. At the workshop, Gordon gave a presentation called, “Demonstrating that electricity production from solid biomass is both low-carbon and sustainable.” The presentation was intended to further burnish Canada’s reputation as a reliable supplier of high-quality pellets produced from sustainably managed forests.

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INTERIOR BC A127 465
Beetle salvage management area with Douglas fir retention near Quesnel, B.C. Photo credit: Moresby Creative. Used with permission from Forestry Innovation Investment.

On May 20, 2020, the Sustainable Biomass Program will embark on an official standards review process to occur over the next 18 months. This will be the first review since SBP’s six standards were first released in 2015 and a test of the multi-stakeholder governance that was implemented in 2019. Presently SBP’s standards cover feedstock compliance, verification procedures, requirements for certification bodies, chain of custody, collecting and communicating greenhouse gas data and calculating energy and carbon balance. Click here to view a summary of SBP’s Standards Review Process.

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Sustainable power

The vast majority of Canadian wood pellets are made from sawmill residuals - sawdust. The rest are made from the residuals from harvesting operations for sawmills and pulp mills, or low-grade timber from forest industry harvest sites that has no other economic value. Think firewood. Read more...

Breathing easier - pellet emissions vs coal

Sustainability should be top of mind for any company that wants to stay in the game in today’s world.

As important a role as Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions play, we also need to focus on noxious emissions versus coal.

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  • Explosion, fire at Pinnacle’s Lavington plant

    Early on May 11, there was an explosion and fire at Pinnacle’s pellet plant in Lavington, B.C. According to Global News, the fire broke out in the dryer system at approximately 3:00 a.m. The plant’s suppression system activated, keeping the[…]

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  • Stena Bulk, GoodFuels complete trial of sustainable marine biofuel

    The 49,646 deadweight tonne (dwt) MR tanker received the first delivery of biofuel oil (BFO) during its recent call at the Port of Rotterdam. The fuel, which GoodFuels launched in 2018, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 83 per cent and[…]

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The Pellet Advantage

Efficient and Plentiful Production

Wood Pellet Association of Canada members are world leaders in the design and operation of modern pellet plants.

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Innovating our way to a safer, better product

Wood pellets are a safe, reliable modern fuel. But they are still a fuel, requiring care in producing, shipping and storing.

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Renewable and sustainable? Energy really can grow on trees.

There is no single energy source capable of solving our dependence on fossil fuels. Instead we need to look to a mix of new fuels, including wood pellets.

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Argus Wood Pellet Index

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