European pellet producers join forces
Nov 16, 2011, Brussels - Faced with many of the same market access concerns as North American pellet producers, colleagues across the Atlantic have joined forces.
In a meeting at the Renewable Energy House in Brussels, representatives of industrial pellet producers, traders, and associations established a permanent working group within the European Pellet Council (EPC) called the European Industrial Pellet Suppliers (EIPS).
The group will discuss and formulate the position of pellet suppliers regarding specifications and sustainability requirements for industrial pellets. Other issues to be discussed are standard contracts, best practices for safety and security, as well as public relations and lobbying issues facing the sector.
In particular, the EIPS wants to serve as a counterpart to the Industrial Wood Pellet Buyers group (IWPB) in defining the framework for the rapidly evolving industrial pellet market. The EIPS is open to European industrial pellet producers, traders, and trade associations, with a chair elected at the next meeting in January 2012. The Wood Pellet Association of Canada and the US Industrial Pellet Association are both observing members of the EPC.