WASHINGTON – American Wood Council President and CEO Robert Glowinski today issued the following statement regarding President Obama's climate change strategy released today.
"While President Obama raised many climate issues today in releasing his Climate Action Plan, one issue that deserves greater attention is for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue recognizing the carbon neutrality of the biomass energy produced by wood products manufacturers.
"The agency is poised to issue a world-leading framework for measuring the carbon impacts of biomass energy. By investing in highly-efficient biomass energy, wood products facilities have continually reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by displacing fossil fuels with woody residues that would have decayed anyway.
"Even some of the greatest critics of carbon neutrality have recognized that the use of biomass residues for energy should be treated as carbon neutral, and we hope that EPA will do the same in its upcoming accounting framework and GHG regulations.
"Further, the president called for cuts in what he called carbon pollution, and greater use of wood products provides just such an opportunity. Their manufacture is steeped in the use of biomass energy, and wood sequesters a considerable amount of carbon not only in forests (as recognized in the plan) but also in finished products."