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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

WPAC Safety Committee 2020 work plan joomla

The Wood Pellet Association of Canada's Safety Committee was established in 2014 with the mission of improving the wood pellet industry’s collective safety performance, earning a reputation with regulatory authorities and the public as an industry that is highly effective at managing safety, and learning and sharing best practices regarding safety.

The Safety Committee is proud of its 2019 accomplishments which included:

• holding three training events, including a silo fire prevention and suppression workshop;
• a wood products safety summit and a process safety workshop focusing on bow tie analysis;
• developing a best practices document for combustible gas and confined space awareness and risk mitigation;
• developing and implementing an incident reporting system for our sector; and
• developing a plant operator training framework

We have now released our 2020 work plan as part of our objective to hold our industry publicly accountable for our safety performance. Our key focus areas for the year ahead include:

1. Training plant operators in safe HCI (human-computer interface) work procedures.
2. Developing a plan for centralized nitrogen storage and rapid mobilization in the event of silo fires.
3. Implementing the bow tie methodology to identify and manage critical hazards and controls in our facilities.
4. Combustible dust hazard mitigation.
5. Holding a wood products safety summit

The 2020 Work Plan is available here.

WPAC’s Safety Committee works in close cooperation with WorkSafeBC and the BC Forest Safety Council. The committee welcomes new members. If you are interested to join the committee, please contact Scott Bax or Gordon Murray:

Scott Bax, Safety Committee Chair
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Tel: (604) 787-3176

Gordon Murray, Safety Committee Secretary
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Tel: (250) 837-8821

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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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  • Explosion, fire at Pinnacle’s Lavington plant

    Early on May 11, there was an explosion and fire at Pinnacle’s pellet plant in Lavington, B.C. According to Global News, the fire broke out in the dryer system at approximately 3:00 a.m. The plant’s suppression system activated, keeping the[…]

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  • Stena Bulk, GoodFuels complete trial of sustainable marine biofuel

    The 49,646 deadweight tonne (dwt) MR tanker received the first delivery of biofuel oil (BFO) during its recent call at the Port of Rotterdam. The fuel, which GoodFuels launched in 2018, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 83 per cent and[…]

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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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