May 28, 2012 - Research by The Alliance for Green Heat and VU University
Amsterdam has shown that using wood pellets for heat can emit up to one-tenth the carbon of oil and one-sixth of natural gas.
The research, which can be read here, demonstrated that pellets can emit anywhere from a 60 to 90 percent reduction in carbon emissions when compared to oil and gas (6.04 grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule of energy compared to 100.1 g CO2/MJ for oil and
62.8 g CO2/MJ for gas).
The paper concludes by saying that wood pellets can indeed be a low carbon source, if certain conditions are met regarding rigorous sustainable harvesting, distance of shipping and mode of production.
To read the paper in its entirety, see The Alliance for Green Heat's website.