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  • 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

On November 21, Canada's environment minister Catherine McKenna announced the country's plan to virtually eliminate the use of traditional coal-fired electricity by 2030. However, Ottawa recognizes that provinces need flexibility and is willing to negotiate agreements that would allow some plants to stay open so long as equivalent emission reductions are achieved elsewhere. The federal government has agreed to negotiate a deal with Nova Scotia that will allow the province to burn some coal after 2030 in high-demand winter months, while it achieves deep emissions reductions in its electricity sector.

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In 2014, EU Member States agreed on a new Climate and Energy Framework that sets new targets for the year 2030: (1) at least 40 per cent cuts in GHG emissions (from 1990 levels), (2) at least 27 per cent share for renewable energy, and (3) at least 27 per cent improvement in energy efficiency.

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When handled properly, wood pellet fuel is safe and benign. Wood pellets are made by drying and compressing pure wood particles. Naturally occurring lignin softens during pelletizing and then hardens during the cooling process to bind wood particles together as pellets. It is hard to imagine how such a pure product could be dangerous.

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With the wood pellet industry hurting from low fuel prices, warm winters, and unhelpful government policies in many countries, is there a light in the gloom? The potential of global markets was the topic de jour during the annual Wood Pellet Association of Canada conference, which took place in Harrison Hot Springs, B.C., Sept. 20-22.

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The Netherlands (NL) was briefly the world's largest importer of industrial wood pellets for co-firing. Under its former biomass support scheme - Milieukwaliteit van de Elektriciteitsproductie or MEP – wood pellet consumption for co-firing peaked at about 1.5 million tonnes annually. However, from 2012 and 2014, imports declined rapidly and eventually stopped altogether, as power utilities' MEP contracts expired.

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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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Industry News

  • Massachusetts plans to subsidize biomass fuel

    Aug. 11, 2017 - Massachusetts lawmakers are proposing new rules that would provide financial incentives to use woody biomass as fuel. The rules would classify wood chips and pellets as renewable fuel.State energy officials are wrapping the last of their[…]

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  • Quebec Superior Court approves Rayonier, Tembec deal

    Aug. 10, 2017 - Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. and Tembec Inc. have announced that the Quebec Superior Court issued a final order approving the previously announced statutory arrangement under Section 192 of the Canada Business Corporations Act involving the acquisition[…]

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  • University student sees research potential in forest sector

    Aug. 8, 2017 - When University of Northern British Columbia’s (UNBC) Lindsay Albers began her post-secondary studies, she didn’t know that forestry would be in the cards.The 21-year-old Biochemistry and Molecular Biology student initially had her sights set on the[…]

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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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