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    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

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Beetle salvage management area with Douglas fir retention near Quesnel, B.C. Photo credit: Moresby Creative. Used with permission from Forestry Innovation Investment.

On May 20, 2020, the Sustainable Biomass Program will embark on an official standards review process to occur over the next 18 months. This will be the first review since SBP’s six standards were first released in 2015 and a test of the multi-stakeholder governance that was implemented in 2019. Presently SBP’s standards cover feedstock compliance, verification procedures, requirements for certification bodies, chain of custody, collecting and communicating greenhouse gas data and calculating energy and carbon balance. Click here to view a summary of SBP’s Standards Review Process.

WPAC’s executive director, Gordon Murray, is a member of SBP’s Standards Committee and will be involved in reviewing and approving the new standards. Consultant and professional forester, Brenda Hopkin, is a member of SBP’s Technical Committee and will participate in reviewing the new standards to ensure they are technically sound.

SBP encourages all interested parties to get involved and present their views about what is working and what is not, as well as what should be included in the revised standards.  Interested parties should click here to participate.

The scope of the review process is wide-ranging. All topics are up for discussion, especially:
  • Expansion into new feedstocks, new products, new markets;
  • Connection with UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially carbon and climate goals, biodiversity and social safeguards;
  • Forest and natural landscape sustainability concepts of other sustainability standards;
  • Recognition of other certification systems;
  • Updates driven by new legislation and best practices; and suitable impacts to monitor and evaluate desired and intended outcomes.
SBP is committed to following the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice for standard-setting, assurance and impacts. The organization intends to provide plenty of opportunities for all stakeholders to participate in the process by getting involved in the work of the various working groups, public consultations, events or simply by getting in touch with SBP.

On Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (UK time), SBP will host a webinar to officially launch the Standards Development Process. Registering for the event will ensure that you are kept up-to-date with SBP’s progress. 

To register, click 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...

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


  • Mark your calendars! New pellet safety webinar series coming soon

    Safety is the foundation of our pellet industry. Our work around safety never ends; we are constantly striving for new ways to improve safety whether it be the equipment we use or the processes that support good, safe decision making.[…]

  • The role RNG is playing in transitioning Canada toward a carbon-negative future

    The cost to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) is higher than that of conventional natural gas, but a number of factors are helping to reduce the gap. Incentives, regulatory action and innovations introduced by utilities have contributed toward shrinking the[…]


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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