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Renewable and sustainable? Energy really can grow on trees.

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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.

Canada is a vast forest nation with a professional forest sector and ready infrastructure, positioning it to be a global wood pellet supplier. The industry got its start using sawmill residues, and they still meet the bulk of its needs. But it also uses such low-value wood supplies as harvest residues, unmerchantable species, and salvage logs from areas hard hit by insects, disease or fire.

There is still plenty of room to grow, as Canada’s 2010 harvest level sat at just 50% of the total volume deemed sustainable by Natural Resources Canada. As a Crown treasure, Canada’s forests are managed for a multitude of values. But don’t take our word for it. Canada is home to 42% of the world’s certified forest area, far more than any other nation.

Unlike coal or natural gas, when the lumber has been made to build someone’s home and the pellets used to warm it, the carbon used in the process is being re-absorbed in a vibrant, growing forest. Pellets also produce far less SOx, NOx, C4H4, and mercury than coal during combustion.

The Wood Pellet Association of Canada continues to work with European power generating clients on setting the bar for quality and environmental standards, so we can all be sure wood pellets are being made in a sustainable manner now, and in the years to come.

WPAC and its members don’t have all the answers when it comes to renewable energy, but they do have some. Contact us to find out more, or see the full array of third party reports here.

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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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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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  • Resolute pulp mill upgrades will reduce fossil-fuel reliance

    May 17, 2018 - Resolute Forest Products Inc. has announced a $52.3 million strategic investment plan for its Saint-Félicien pulp mill, located in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. The announcement was made at a press conference on Monday attended by Quebec[…]

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  • New report on biomass supply and demand in Asia to 2030

    May 9, 2018 - Asia’s demand for biomass is growing rapidly. Wood pellet imports into South Korea and Japan have grown exponentially in the past few years. In 2017 South Korea imported 2.4Mt of wood pellets, 20 times more than[…]

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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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