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The carbon debt issue surrounding Europe's use of North American biomass is not an issue according to findings published in a report released by the European biomass association AEBIOM, the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC), and the US Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA).
The report, Forest Sustainability and Carbon Balance of EU Importation of North American Forest Biomass for Bioenergy Production, states that "carbon debt and foregone sequestration in realistic bioenergy scenarios are very small compared to the carbon savings that are achieved over time." The report also concluded that using wood pellets from both Canada and the U.S. southeast would achieve significant GHG savings, and could play a major role in climate change mitigation.
The report recognized the important role that the U.S. southeast region and British Columbia have in supplying biomass fuel necessary to meet renewable energy targets in Europe. The report recognized that, in B.C., there is a large volume of mill residue and a large volume of logging residues that could be utilized for bioenergy production.
WPAC, the BC Bioenergy Network and USIPA worked in conjunction with AEBIOM in producing the report. In addition, WPAC, USIPA and AEBIOM have joined forces as a coalition called Bridging with Biomass. The coalition gathers pellet producers from Canada, US and Europe to provide inputs from the bioenergy sector to EU Policy makers and stakeholders on EU policy developments related to biomass. More information on the coalition can be found here.
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