Researchers: Wood Pellets Beat Fossil Fuels In Reducing Emissions

Using wood pellets for home heating fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than half over fossil fuels and natural gas, according to new research from the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire. “Wood pellet heat is a new and growing heating alternative in the U.S. and has been proposed as […]

Using wood pellets for home heating fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than half over fossil fuels and natural gas, according to new research from the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire.

“Wood pellet heat is a new and growing heating alternative in the U.S. and has been proposed as a climate-beneficial energy source to replace fossil fuels. However, little work has been done to assess this claim,” the researchers said. “The opportunity for switching to wood pellet heat is particularly great for the Northern Forest region of northern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York, which is home to more than two million people who live in rural communities, larger towns, and small cities surrounded by the largest intact forest in the eastern United States.”

The researchers also found that:

• Pellets from sawmill residues showed the strongest greenhouse gas emission benefits compared to fossil fuel and propane. •Wood pellet fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 54 percent vs. home heating oil, and 59 percent vs. natural gas.
• Making pellets from up to 75 percent pulpwood and 25 percent sawmill residues produced benefits.
• Shifting the existing harvest of pulpwood volume to pellets is beneficial to the climate.
• Market scenarios decreasing or increasing harvest levels greatly affected results.

The research was conducted by John Gunn, research assistant professor of forest management and researcher with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, and colleagues with the Spatial Informatics Group – Natural Assets Laboratory in Pleasanton, Calif. It is presented in “Greenhouse gas emissions of local wood pellet heat from northeastern U.S. forests” in the journal Energy.

From Treesource: https://treesource.org/news/climate/wood-pellets/

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