Webinar focuses on pellet export potential

By Staff | July 22, 2013

Biomass Magazine launched a new webinar series in late June with a session focused on the growing European demand for American wood pellets. Executive Editor Tim Portz kicked off the event with an overview of his visits to the Georgia Power facility in Waycross, Ga., the Port of Brunswick in southeast Georgia, Port of Hull in the U.K., and the U.K.-based Drax Power Station.

Seth Ginther, executive director of the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association, showcased policy drivers and updates in the European market. According to Ginther, sustainable forestry practices in the U.S. and Canada, large quantities of natural resources and a stable political climate are three things that have made North America a good source of biomass fuel.  

Dave Tenny, CEO and president of the national Alliance of Forest Owners, spoke about the ability of U.S. forests to sequester carbon. “Our forests today are sequestering, on net, somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 million metric tons of CO2 every year,” Tenny said. That amount is roughly 12 percent of the U.S. total carbon emissions even, after harvesting wood for building material, energy use and paper production, he said.