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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

Global wood pellet consumption will be about 24 million tonnes in 2014. More than 80 per cent will be consumed in the European Union (EU) for heat and power generation. Europeans like wood pellets for home heating because they are cheaper than the alternatives – gas, oil, or electricity. And they use wood pellets to replace coal in power generation because pellets are cleaner and can greatly reduce GHG emissions.

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Presentations from the sold out 2014 WPAC Conference and AGM in Vancouver are now available for download.

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Wood pellets are designed to burn – they're made from highly combustible dust that is pressed into pellet form and must be treated with care to prevent this fuel from lighting before it has been added to the boiler.

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The United Kingdom (UK) has emerged as Canada’s largest market for wood pellets, accounting for one million tonnes in 2013 (63 per cent of Canadian exports) and up from 794 thousand tonnes in 2012. The United Kingdom (UK) has emerged as Canada’s largest market for wood pellets, accounting for one million tonnes in 2013 (63 per cent of Canadian exports) and up from 794 thousand tonnes in 2012. And since the UK market is dominated by large power utilities replacing coal with wood pellets to reduce CO2 emissions, its climate change policy is of vital interest to pellet producers.

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It has been more than two years since the January and April 2012 explosions that destroyed the Babine and Lakeland sawmills in central British Columbia, tragically killing four workers, injuring forty-four more, and putting hundreds out of work.

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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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Industry News

  • FPInnovations CEO Pierre Lapointe steps down

    May 25, 2017 - Yvon Pelletier, chairman of the board of directors for FPInnovations, announced today that Pierre Lapointe will be stepping down from his position as president and CEO.A selection process will be started over the next few weeks[…]

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  • Dalhousie plans to revamp biomass energy system

    May 25, 2017 - Things are heating up at the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus with news of a substantial rejuvenation of the 30-year old biomass energy plant and steam distribution system. On Tuesday, Dalhousie’s Board of Governors approved a $24.2[…]

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  • Algae shoes: Bloom partners with shoe company

    May 24, 2017 - A London-based shoe company has partnered with San Diego-based Bloom, a company that produces foam from algae, to create shoes made with algal biomass.Vivobarefoot will be selling shoes that are made with Bloom algae foam in[…]

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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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