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  • Video: Heating with Wood Pellets

    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

If you’ve ever tried to make a real contribution to a greener planet, you will know that it’s really hard to do.

vaughan-bassett-Pinnacle-bikes-550x413.jpgTake the example of cycling to work instead of using your car. Pinnacle Renewable Energy recently did the GHG math and calculated that for every round trip to the office, the cyclist was saving about half a gallon of gasoline. This half gallon would have combusted to produce 4.64 kg of CO2, so that’s how much less would be going up into the atmosphere by riding to work. That’s a real contribution to the health of the world, made whilst contributing to the health of the individual. It’s a win-win!

Now, when you look at this individual saving relative to the CO2 that industry is exhausting into the atmosphere every day, it’s a very modest reduction indeed.

Take the electricity generation industry, for example, where millions of tons of coal are burned every day to provide power to the world. The combustion of one ton of coal emits two and a half tons of CO2. So, if you wanted to abate this one tone by cycling, you would need to ride a long, long way – almost 11,000 kilometres. This is hard, depressing work!

But if you are in the business of producing wood pellets, and those pellets are used as a substitute for coal, then the equation is so much more favourable.

It takes roughly one and a quarter tons of pellets to provide the same heat as a ton of coal. In this way, every ton of wood pellets substituted for coal would cut the CO2 emitted by coal by two tons! That adds up, especially when your company produces over one and a half million tons of wood pellets a year.

In Pinnacle’s case, they produce enough wood pellets to abate the CO2 emitted by over a million tons a year of coal, and that number is growing.

Get into wood pellets – for all the right reasons!

Vaughan Bassett is the senior vice-president of sales and logistics for Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., and the president of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada.

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Power Generation


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.


Industry News


  • 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[…]

  • 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[…]


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.


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.


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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