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CB WEBINAR LANDINGPAGE APR20 JLR

On April 13, Canadian Biomass partnered with FutureMetrics to present a free, one-hour webinar (sponsored by the Wood Pellet Association of Canada) about the potential impact of COVID-19 on the industrial wood pellet industry. More than 230 people tuned in to hear insights from William Strauss, Ph.D., president of FutureMetrics.

During the webinar, Strauss presented a comprehensive overview of the global industrial wood pellet industry. He then discussed several ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic will likely impact the pellet sector. The presentation contained almost 70 slides of information and analysis. Many of the slides are complimented with charts.

If you missed the webinar, no worries. You can watch the recording here.

Strauss’s conclusions (which are explained in detail in the webinar) are as follows:
  • The industrial wood pellet industry has matured into an integral part of the global renewable energy sector.
  • The pandemic will significantly negatively impact the global economic system. But the supply and demand for industrial wood pellets should be minimally impacted.
  • Increased costs of wood pellet production and some logistics frictions will impair cash flows but should not stop the supply and use of pellets that are under long-term off-take agreements.
  • The spot markets may be soft – at least until next winter’s heating demand returns. But they also may be tight as heating market-certified industrial producers are reticent to produce more than their contractual off-take obligations.
  • It is unlikely that governmental policy tweaks will change wood pellet demand.
  • It is likely that some future demand will be delayed, but not permanently removed, as work on new or retrofitted power plants has stopped during the COVID-19 crisis.
Watch the webinar here.

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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...

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As important a role as Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions play, we also need to focus on noxious emissions versus coal.

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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.

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