WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President & CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) policy clarifying the treatment of emissions from forest bioenergy to be carbon-neutral.
“Our industry has been asking for this clarification since 2010. For years, worldwide climate change and renewable energy policies acknowledged that all sustainably-managed biomass energy was ‘carbon neutral.’ We thank EPA for clearing up ambiguous policies with which the industry has been trying to comply. AWC looks forward to working with EPA as these policies are implemented.
“The wood products industry strives to be as energy efficient as possible and is one of the leaders nationwide in the use of carbon-neutral biomass energy. On average, over 75 percent of the energy at our member companies’ wood products facilities is generated from biomass. Our industry’s use of biomass energy displaces the need for fossil fuels and helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels.”