Enviva Publishes Paper, Hosts Webinar
On May 27, 2020, Jennifer Jenkins, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Enviva, and Roger Ballentine, President, Green Strategies, hosted a webinar based on a paper the two published May 6 called Seeing The Forest: Sustainable Wood Bioenergy In The Southeast U.S. The hour and a half long presentation touched on the major topics of the paper, while also including a question and answer portion from participants. The six major themes included the role of biomass in a clean energy portfolio; not all biomass is good/not all biomass is bad; aggregate national-level greenhouse gas inventories fully account for biomass/there is no “loophole”; the net climate impact of biomass sourced from private working forests cannot be properly assessed without consideration of market economics; focus on single tree or stand level accounting do not provide an accurate assessment of net GHG emissions in the near or long term; and, finally, other attributes that must be part of any evaluation of biomass production from U.S. southeast forests.
Jenkins was clear to explain that Enviva supports limiting harvesting use, mainly because some outside of forestry might not understand the full scope of benefits to a working forest, and what exactly pellet wood is considered (the lowest value wood used in industries). She also touched on the important fact that right now forest inventory in the U.S. South has increased while harvests remain steady—pellets accounted for just 2.7% of removals in 2017. And that considering private landowners dominate the forestland of the U.S. south, halting harvests would be problematic and failing to consider that is long term terrible for a variety of factors including local rural economies.
Robert “Bob” Lee Vermeer, who drove the growth of Vermeer Corp. and its line of whole tree chippers and other wood processing equipment, died on August 17. He was 78. His vibrant love of people, passion for Christ, distinct laugh and desire to put others first is what those who knew him will remember most…
Canadian-based Peak Renewables plans to build a 180,000 metric tons per year wood pellet mill in Dothan, Ala. The $30 million project will utilize residuals from Rex Lumber sawmills in the area…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third of three parts in the coverage of the Wood Bioenergy Conference & Expo held March 29-30, 2022 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center and hosted by Wood Bioenergy magazine. Part one in the June issue focused on the keynote talks from producer and consultant personnel. Part two in the August issue highlighted several presentations delivered by representatives of equipment and technologies companies. The next Wood Bioenergy Conference & Expo will be held March 12-13, 2024 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Ga…
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