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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

South Korean claim dismissed
GS EPS’s 105MW Bio-1 CFB plant in Dangjin, South Korea, creates sustainable, low-GHG electricity from Canadian wood pellets. Credit: GS EPS.

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An interview with Gary Bull, Ph.D. Forestry Economics professor and head of department, University of British Columbia, Department of Forest Resources Management.

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Pinnacle bed dryer infeed
A view of the bed dryer infeed at Pinnacle's Williams Lake, B.C., plant, showing the infeed conveyor and metering bin supplied by Continental Conveyors. Photos courtesy Pinnacle Renewable Energy.

The Wood Pellet Association of Canada, in co-operation with BC Forest Safety Council, WorkSafeBC and media partner Canadian Biomass magazine, is planning a Belt Dryer Safety Symposium to be held November 25, 2020.

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pellet central heating
Trumpeter Camp, a dormitory and dining facility for 93 oil field workers in Norman Wells, N.W.T., is fully heated using wood pellet boilers. Photo credit: Brian Lickoch, Green Energy NWT Inc.

For more than two years, the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) has been pursuing change in Canadian biomass boiler related standards that make it difficult and expensive for Canadians to acquire pellet-fired boilers for central heating. Most of the high-quality pellet boilers in the world are manufactured in western Europe, primarily in Austria and Germany, to the standards required by the European Union. These standards are acceptable in many countries around the world, and WPAC would like to see them acceptable here in Canada. Nearly all of the three million tonnes of wood pellets Wood Pellet Association members produce each year are shipped offshore to help other countries meet their greenhouse gas reduction goals. WPAC would like to see this domestic, renewable energy product used for the financial and environmental benefit of Canadians.

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Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd., a crown corporation of the government of British Columbia, recently gave its website “naturally:wood” a new look and for the first time ever it also now features wood pellets.

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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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  • Webinar: building sustainable communities with the bioeconomy

    On Nov. 26, 2020, from 8:00-10:00 a.m. PST, the Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition will host a webinar called ‘Building Sustainable Communities with the Bioeconomy.” This webinar will explore the development of the bioeconomy from the perspective of communities. The[…]

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  • Brightmark breaks ground on RNG project in Florida

    Brightmark, a global waste solutions provider, on Nov. 13 broke ground on The Sobek Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) project, which includes the construction of new anaerobic digesters at two Larson family dairy farms in Okeechobee County, Fla. The farms are[…]

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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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