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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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WPAC Safety Committee

The Board of Directors has appointed the Safety Committee to manage the safety objectives of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada ("WPAC"). The Safety Committee works in close cooperation with the BC Forest Safety Council.

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Industry News

  • BC tech companies win farm innovation challenge

    March 22, 2017 - Two B.C. companies that have developed unique biomass solutions for the agriculture industry are among the four winners of the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and the BC Innovation Council’s Innovation Challenge. Vancouver’s Boost Environmental Systems developed[…]

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  • Editorial: Alternative bio-facts?

    March 21, 2017 - A recent report on the carbon neutrality of biomass has ruffled some feathers in the biomass community. The Impacts of the Demand for Woody Biomass for Power and Heat on Climate and Forests, a report created[…]

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  • Calgary Transit weighs switch to renewable diesel

    March 20, 2017 - Candaxa Energy, a renewable fuels company based in Calgary, is pitching to city councillors the idea of Calgary Transit switching to renewable diesel. According to a report from the Calgary Sun, Candaxa's Jeff Brookman says the[…]

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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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