AWC: Massachusetts Senators wrong on biomass

May 12, 2015

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued the following statement on the letter Massachusetts Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren sent to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling for a ban on biomass as a compliance option for the president's Climate Action Plan.

"This carbon neutrality of biomass harvested from sustainably managed forests has been recognized repeatedly by an abundance of studies, agencies, institutions, legislation and rules around the world. Renewable biomass-based energy has been identified as a key part of the U.S. energy solution and should continue to be recognized for its role in the sustainable carbon cycle.

"Almost 80 percent of the energy used by AWC member companies is generated from renewable biomass, most of which is in the form of residuals from manufacturing and operations. This biomass would otherwise be disposed of, at which point would also release CO2 to the atmosphere. Conversion to biomass energy recognizes and captures the inherent energy value prior to disposal, which allows for displacement of fossil fuel use. Further, the wood products created from use of this biomass energy store additional carbon for long periods of time, sequestering it from the atmosphere."