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    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

Port of Prince Rupert

On Jan. 14, the Government of British Columbia announced a $25 million contribution to a significant expansion project at the Port of Prince Rupert. The $250 million project is funded through a mix of public and private investment, and will expand the Ridley Island Export Logistics Platform to improve the port’s ability to transload pellets and other resources products shipped by sea aboard container ships. It’s a move welcomed by the pellet sector for efficient logistics and transportation to market, and it’s good news for our customers in Asia who rely on responsible, renewable and clean energy from pellets to achieve their greenhouse gas (GHG) targets.

Wood pellet producers in Western Canada – particularly Northern B.C. and Alberta – rely on the Port of Prince Rupert to serve their global customers. While most pellets are shipped using bulk carriers, some pellet exporters are interested in servicing smaller Asian ports that can only handle containers. This project will expand the transloading capacity – that is, the ability to transfer a product from one mode of transportation to another, like from rail or truck to ship – from 75,000 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to over 400,000 TEUs annually.

The project has been planned in partnership with local First Nations, and is expected to employ 250 people through its two year construction timeline. You can learn more about the project here.

The Port of Prince Rupert also announced on January 18, that despite unprecedented challenges brought on by the pandemic, 32.4 million tonnes of cargo moved through the port in 2020, up nine per cent from the year before. The volume increase was led by a rise in exports of coal, propane and wood pellets. In 2020, wood pellets alone were up 30 per cent over the previous year.

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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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  • Growing value: after overcoming challenges, Skeena Bioenergy looks to the future

    As the forest industry increasingly recognizes the need to use as much fibre as possible, more and more sawmills are exploring the opportunity to produce wood pellets. One such sawmill is Skeena Sawmills, based in Terrace, B.C.  In 2018, the[…]

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  • Critical report of Canadian logging practices are ‘misleading, flawed,’ say companies

    Criticism of Ontario’s and Quebec’s logging practices, made by the U.S.-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), are misleading, say Resolute Forest Products, Domtar and Aditya Birla Group. NRDC’s report makes claims of overharvesting, leaving woodland caribou unprotected and not considering[…]

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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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