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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

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Working together at the Granules LG pellet plant.

In Canada, June 21, the summer solstice, has been designated National Indigenous Peoples Day. As stated by the Government of Canada, this is a day to “recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.” It is also a time to look forward to the opportunities that lie in front of us.

Increasing economic ties with Indigenous people is a huge opportunity for Canada’s wood pellet sector.  As a result of political and legal changes, more and more Indigenous communities are playing an active role in the management of forest resources. There is increasing participation by Indigenous communities and businesses in the forest sector as tenure holders, mill owners, contractors and consultants. This creates opportunities for reconciliation and full participation by Indigenous peoples in the Canadian economy.

Canada has made reconciliation with Indigenous peoples a central policy and operational objective. An important step towards that objective has been the recognition and adoption of United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP). Among other things, UNDRIP recognizes Indigenous peoples’ right to “freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development” and to “the improvement of their economic and social conditions.”

With an increasing role as stewards and decision-makers on the land-base, Indigenous people are integral to the sustainability of Canada’s forests into the future.

As a result, the Canadian wood pellet sector, with its dependence on sustainable biomass, is poised to grow its economic ties with Indigenous people and businesses. There is considerable opportunity for participation in the Canadian wood pellet sector in roles as varied as contractors, suppliers, employees, operators and owners. Sustainable biomass offers meaningful opportunities for Indigenous people to participate in the green economy and support values such as stewardship and sustainability.

This opportunity is not new in the pellet sector. In 2009, Groupe ADL, a Mashteuiatsh First Nation company, became a major partner in Quebec pellet producer Granules LG, taking 50 per cent of the company’s shares. In 2012, Groupe ADL became the sole owner of Quebec’s biggest pellet-producing facility. Elsewhere, pellet producers are entering into long-term supply contracts with Indigenous forest companies and tenure holders, as well as joint ownership arrangements for production facilities.

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The future looks bright at the Indigenous owned Granules LG pellet plant.

Future success in the pellet sector will be driven by relationships, particularly with Canada’s Indigenous people. Some of these relationships are already in place, many more are developing, and even more are needed. Canadian wood pellet producers stand ready to work together with Indigenous people to provide sustainable economic development at home and sustainable biomass energy to the world.

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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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  • Webinar: building sustainable communities with the bioeconomy

    On Nov. 26, 2020, from 8:00-10:00 a.m. PST, the Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition will host a webinar called ‘Building Sustainable Communities with the Bioeconomy.” This webinar will explore the development of the bioeconomy from the perspective of communities. The[…]

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  • Brightmark breaks ground on RNG project in Florida

    Brightmark, a global waste solutions provider, on Nov. 13 broke ground on The Sobek Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) project, which includes the construction of new anaerobic digesters at two Larson family dairy farms in Okeechobee County, Fla. The farms are[…]

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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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