Wood pellet quality certification seminar taking place in Montreal

Gord Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
February 21, 2017
Written by Gord Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Feb. 21, 2017 - Quebec Wood Export Bureau and Wood Pellet Association of Canada are teaming up on a wood pellet quality certification seminar to be held in Montreal on March 30, 2017. This seminar – open to all – is designed for new potential applicants for certification, quality managers of already-certified producers, and auditors.


Approximately 80% of wood pellets now sold in the European heating sector are ENpluscertified. Exporters who wish to participate in that market must provide certified product. In the United States, warranties on all new pellet stoves are required by law to provide for the mandatory use of certified pellets. CANplus is one of three quality certification programs that is accepted by the US Environmental Protection Agency. In Canada, some provinces are modifying their emissions standards to require the use of certified pellets.

ENplus and CANplus certifications are nearly identical. The only real difference is that while the ENplus is governed by the European Pellet Council, CANplus is governed by the Wood Pellet Association of Canada. Both certifications can be earned at the same time under the same audit.

Date: March 30, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Hotel Bonaventure, 900 De La Gauchetiere W. Downtown Montreal
Instructors: Chris Wiberg, Biomass Energy Lab and Luut, Brink Control Union Canada
Cost: $75

Online registration is closed but on-site registration will be available.

We are advised that a reduced room rate at Hotel Bonaventure is not available due to high demand from the Montreal Wood Convention being held one the same dates. There are a few reduced-rate rooms ($169) available at the nearby Marriott Hotel. Note: seminar participants will be allowed to visit the exhibition rooms at the Montreal Wood Convention free of charge.

Course content:

  • The world of biofuel standards
  • ENplus market overview in Europe
  • The United States EPA’s new performance standards
  • Overview of ENplus and CANplus
  • Differences between ENplus and CANplus
  • Procedures to become certified
  • Requirements for producers, traders, and service providers
  • Role of inspectors
  • Laboratory set-up
  • Overview of Pellet Fuels Institute’s PFI Program

For more information, contact John Arsenault at (819) 583-7477 or Luut Brink at (604) 786-2715.

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