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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

The UK’s Drax Power Station was the destination for 74 per cent of Canada’s wood pellet exports in 2015.

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Halifax-based East Coast Environmental Law’s (“ECELAW”) purpose is to encourage innovative and effective environmental laws in Atlantic Canada. In December 2015, ECELAW released the report Forest Biomass Energy Policy in the Maritime Provinces: Accounting for Science, written by lawyer Jamie Simpson. Simpson’s purpose is to evaluate Maritime provincial government policies regarding forest biomass energy.  

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December 1, 2015 - Latvia is a tiny Northern European country located east of Denmark on the Baltic Sea. Aided by a magnifying glass, it is possible to see Latvia on a map, bordered by Estonia to the north, Russia and Belarus to the east, and Lithuania to the south. 

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October 8, 2015 - The top five export destinations for Canadian wood pellets in 2014 were United Kingdom, United States, Italy, South Korea, and Japan. However, in the spring of 2015, South Korea took itself off this list by imposing new wood pellet import restrictions. The result was that Canadian producers could not legally comply with South Korea’s new requirements and pellet exports from Canada to South Korea all but dried up.

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Not so long ago, the Netherlands was Canada’s largest market wood pellet export market. But when the former MEP subsidy scheme expired, Dutch wood pellet co-firing ceased, as did wood pellet imports. Canadian producers have not shipped any meaningful volume to the Netherlands since 2011. Fortunately other markets have since flourished. Growth in the UK, Belgium, Italy, Korea, and Japan has been remarkable.

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Safety

WPAC Safety Committee

The Board of Directors has appointed the Safety Committee to manage the safety objectives of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada ("WPAC"). The Safety Committee works in close cooperation with the BC Forest Safety Council.

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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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Industry News

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  • BIC honoured by Canadian Chamber of Commerce

    Jan. 12, 2018 - The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has named Sarnia, Ont.-based Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) one of Canada's Resource Champions.BIC was recognized as part of the chamber's Canada's Resource Champions Award, created to support natural resource development and[…]

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  • Nominees announced for Ontario sustainable energy awards

    Jan. 11, 2018 - On Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, hundreds will gather at the Fontana Primavera Event Centre (77 Woodstream Boulevard, Vaughan, Ont.) to celebrate nominees of the 8th Annual Powering for Prosperity Ontario Sustainable Energy Awards, hosted by award-winning[…]

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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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