Paris Climate Deal Exit Could Hit U.S. Wood Pellet Exports

President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord could have huge consequences for the U.S. wood pellet exporting industry post-2020. The U.S. not being part of the Paris agreement will make it difficult for wood pellet producers to export to E.U. markets after 2020, if the E.U.’s proposed renewable energy directive is […]

President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord could have huge consequences for the U.S. wood pellet exporting industry post-2020.

The U.S. not being part of the Paris agreement will make it difficult for wood pellet producers to export to E.U. markets after 2020, if the E.U.’s proposed renewable energy directive is passed in its current form.

The directive proposes that if forest biomass is to contribute to a E.U. member state’s renewable energy targets then it must come from countries which have ratified the Paris agreement. The requirement is part of the directive’s proposal to develop sustainability criteria for forest biomass under the land use and land use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector, which accounts for the greenhouse gas inventory of forests.

The proposed directive states that biomass fuels produced from forest biomass can count towards a member states’ renewable energy targets, and be eligible for financial support for the consumption of biomass fuels, only if the country of origin meets defined criteria including that the country has ratified the Paris agreement. If the country does not meet the required criteria the forest biomass can be counted if a management system is in place at the forest holding level to ensure carbon stock and sink levels in the forest are maintained. U.S. wood pellet producers would have to put in place these management systems if they are to export to E.U. member states.

A lot of U.S. southeast forest, where the majority of exporting wood pellet production plants are situated, is privately owned by small landowners and does not have forest level certification, making it unlikely they have management systems to monitor carbon stocks. Wood pellet production is not the primary market for their forest products, making some foresters unwilling to invest in additional certification or management systems for pellet production.

From Canadian Biomass: https://www.canadianbiomassmagazine.ca/pellets/climate-exit-deal-could-hit-us-pellet-exports-6305

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