WPAC Conference & AGM 2021 – Day 1
September 20, 2021 at
Responsible, Renewable and Sustainable: The Canadian Wood Pellet Advantage
Speaker: Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Global customers are committed to sustainability throughout their supply chains and ensuring the legality and sustainability of their biomass supply is critical to their business models. That’s why so many of them turn to Canada for sustainably produced wood pellets.
Canadian wood pellets are produced entirely from the residuals of sustainably managed forests. Canada’s forests are some of the most resilient and sustainably managed in the world. They are subject to stringent environmental regulation, careful management and extensive third-party forest management certifications such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) which endorses two Canadian forest management certifications: Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI).
The increasing demand sustainable for wood pellets generates two wins: reducing GHG emissions abroad and ensuring all parts of the tree are used to generate maximum economic benefit domestically. Sustainable Canadian biomass, and the wood pellets made from it, are an excellent option for energy producers looking to lower their GHG emissions. Canadian wood pellet producers understand the needs of their customers and demand sustainable biomass from their suppliers even as they help their suppliers reduce waste. Both objectives support the goals of governments seeking better utilization of natural resources and more jobs from the natural resource sector. It’s a natural win for everyone.
Gordon Murray, Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Having been on the ground in sawmill and woodlands operations, as well as the corporate finance aspect of the industry – working in mergers, acquisitions, and project financing, Gordon Murray joined the Wood Pellet Association of Canada in 2009. Today, he works as an ardent advocate on behalf of Canadian producers, traders, ports, terminals, shipping companies, equipment suppliers and all those who want to participate in growing a safe and prosperous wood pellet industry. Gordon Murray has a bachelor of science in forestry. He is a registered professional forester and a chartered professional accountant.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s leading authority on climate change, has recognized the significant GHG mitigation potential of biomass – as much as 80 to 90% – provided that it is developed sustainably and used efficiently. Canadian wood pellet producers are committed to combatting climate change by supplying the world with green energy from renewable, sustainable biomass – and that means delivering on our sustainability commitments with transparency.
Wood biomass from sustainably managed forests delivers significant benefits in GHG reductions compared to fossil fuels. Wood pellet producers in Canada source their fibre responsibly – Canada’s forests are among the most resilient and sustainably managed on earth, with robust regulation, comprehensive monitoring and enforcement and extensive third-party certification.
Wood pellet production in Canada serves to maximize the use of every tree harvested – all of our fibre is either a direct by-product of the lumber industry, or the purposeful extraction of dead, diseased or damaged or low quality trees. By creating a valuable energy product from material that once went to waste in Canada’s highly integrated forest sector, Canadian wood pellet producers are proud to supply our global customers with responsible, low carbon energy.
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