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.
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Valmet will be converting Helen Ltd.’s coal-fired district heat boiler to bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) combustion to enable wood pellet firing at the Salmisaari ‘A’ power plant in Helsinki, Finland. The conversion promotes the company’s goal of phasing out coal, while at the same time strengthening the construction of a sustainable energy system…
Enviva Announces First Quarter Setback
Enviva, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, released its quarterly report in early May, and it rippled through the wood-to-energy ranks. “The plans and initiatives underway to improve productivity and costs across Enviva’s current asset platform continue to fall behind expectations,” commented John Keppler, Executive Chairman of the board…
Dieffenbacher Names New Energy Unit Director
Wolfgang Lashofer has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Dieffenbacher Energy GmbH, which was formed at the beginning of the year following the acquisition of BERTSCHenergy, based in Bludenz, Western Austria. As Managing Director of Dieffenbacher Energy, Lashofer takes over the management of the newly established Energy Business Unit…
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