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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

BC WPAC article
WPAC's Fahimeh Yazdan Panah, Ph.D, works in the laboratory of the Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG) at the University of British Columbia. BBRG conducts advanced research and develops innovative solutions for turning wood pellets into high value chemicals and biofuels. Credit: UBC BBRG

Last week, the Government of British Columbia swore in its new cabinet with a focus on keeping people safe and the economy moving during an unprecedented global pandemic. The government also renewed its commitment to delivering affordability and security in B.C.’s communities, and investing in good jobs and livelihoods in a clean-energy future. British Columbia’s wood pellet sector has a key role to play in achieving both of these goals.

As a clean, renewable and responsible source of fibre, wood pellets are the gateway to the future of innovation in B.C.’s bioenergy sector. While wood pellets are well known for providing low-carbon heat and electricity, most experts also agree that pellets are the critical starting point for bio-refineries producing second generation liquid biofuels and advanced renewable bio-materials.

Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS or Bio-CCS) has also been identified by the United Nations and international climate leaders as the preeminent critical ‘negative emissions’ technology. B.C. wood pellets are already being used at the Drax BECCS project in the UK and the Värtaverket plant in Stockholm is trialling BECCS to offset all transportation greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the city.

Capitalizing on these opportunities will support the province’s ambitious CleanBC agenda, while supporting economic recovery across British Columbia. Together, we have an opportunity to expand and anchor investment, innovation, jobs and clean, renewable products right here at home.

Every day, the wood pellet sector adds value to B.C.’s forest sector, employing more than 2,500 people directly and indirectly, reducing waste in our forests, supporting the economic stability of more traditional forest products and creating a clean-burning fuel source that is displacing fossil fuels. Most of these jobs create opportunities for rural and Indigenous British Columbians. Based on figures from the European Union, if B.C. used slash piles for modern wood fuel production it would result in the near-term creation of over 7,500 jobs.

Today, B.C. is the largest producer of wood pellets of any sub-national jurisdiction anywhere in the world. The province exports 99 per cent of its 2.5 million tonnes of pellets to Asia and Europe. The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) is helping global customers switch from fossil fuels to B.C. wood pellets – realizing a CO2 reduction of approximately four million tonnes, or roughly six per cent of B.C.’s total GHG emissions. Closer to home, combined heat and power generation by B.C.’s forest sector reduced provincial GHG emissions by 10 per cent overall.

We at WPAC are keen to work with the new government to achieve its climate change goals while increasing the value realized from every tree harvested. For our sector that means:
  • supporting research and development of new, innovative wood-based bioenergy products, such as liquid biofuels and renewable natural gas;
  • expanding existing and growing new markets for B.C. wood pellets;
  • developing domestic policies and programs that advance B.C.’s carbon objectives by replacing fossil fuels and carbon intensive energy sources with bioenergy from pellets; and
  • removing policy and administrative barriers to the utilization of forest harvest residuals now left as waste.
Our vision at WPAC is for a sector that maximizes the value of every tree harvested, to create green, renewable products at the forefront of the global transition to a low carbon economy. We are excited by the possibilities ahead and look forward to working with the new B.C. government to realize those opportunities for the benefit of all British Columbians and customers around 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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  • Renewable Industries Canada welcomes publication of CFS draft regulations

    Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada), the country’s leading business coalition of producers of renewable fuels, products, and technology, welcomes the Government of Canada’s publication of draft regulations for the Clean Fuel Standard (CFS). The draft regulations represent an important step forward[…]

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  • Feds publish proposed Clean Fuel Standard regulation

    On Dec. 20, 2020, the federal government published its proposed rules for the Clean Fuel Standard (CFS), which aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by reducing carbon in the fuel burned for transportation and heating. If adopted, the CFS[…]

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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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