Information and Resources
Letter from US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack highlighting the benefits of biomass to US forests, the economy, and the environment
Exports of pellets from the United States (US) are growing significantly to meet the demand for renewable energy in the European Union. This transatlantic trade in pellets has raised questions about the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of these pellets and their effects on conventional forest product markets in the US. This paper examines theGHGintensity of pellets exported from the US using either forest biomass only or forest and agricultural biomass combined
Rudd goes on record saying that biomass exported to the UK is not a cause for deforestation in the US and that markets lead to more forests. This is definitely a step in the right direction and shows that our members’ collective messages on sustainability appear to be cutting through all of the ENGO noise.
WOOD SUPPLY MARKET TRENDS REPORT NOW AVAILABLE
USIPA has teamed up with the National Alliance of Forest Owners and the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities to commission a report that provides objective, factual information and data to inform discussions about the true impact of the export wood pellet market on American forests and other forest products industries in the US South. The report was prepared by Forest2Market and is now final and available for review.
Chuck Leavell, Georgia forest owner and Rolling Stones keyboardist, comments on biomass as a renewable energy
Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Level shows off Charlane Plantation, where he champions the importance of trees.
Sustainability guidelines and forest market response: an assessment of European Union pellet demand in the southeastern United States
Report from the Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy that shows sustainability of the US industrial wood pellet industry, as well as the benefits the industry can bring for US forest growth and carbon storage.
A study from the Society of American Foresters, published in the Journal of Forestry, discussing the carbon benefits of bioenergy and the effects of market forces on the bioenergy industry in the US.
The NAUFRP letter (above) was sent to UK and EU policy makers by Dr. Robert W. Malmsheimer, a professor at the State University of New York and leading scientist and researcher in the forest carbon policy field.
A US Forest Service report on the effects of the growing biomass for energy industry on forests in the Southeastern US.
A Cost Effective, Job Creating, and Ready to Deploy Strategy for Baseload Dispatchable Low Carbon Power Generation
A paper from FutureMetrics on the potential for biomass to replace fossil fuel use in coal-burning utilities in the United States.
A study done by UGA, Yale, and the University of Illinois showing the greenhouse gas emissions savings when using wood pellets in place of fossil fuels.
From the “Field to the Furnace”
Why Biomass?Watch this interview with Dorothy Thompson, CEO of Drax, on why UK’s biggest power station is investing in biomass.
An oped from forest owner (and Rolling Stones keyboardist) Chuck Leavall on the benefits of biomass.
An article from the independent analysts at Forisk correcting the common misconceptions about the woody biomass market.
USIPA and other members of the Bridging with Biomass coalition released a report on the long-term environmental benefits of woody biomass.
A Forisk report looking at forest industry and wood consumption in the US to provide context for wood bioenergy market developments and research (2013)
An article from USDA’s Science Findings publication discussing the carbon benefits of managed forests versus unmanaged forests and the substitution effect of using biomass in place of fossil fuels (2013)
A report from the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement on forest carbon accounting approaches and factors to consider when determining carbon impacts (2013)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emmissions and Sinks, 1990-2011
An annual report from the US Environmental Protection Agency on the total annual US emissions and removals by source, economic sector, and greenhouse gas (2013)
A Dovetail report containing an in depth analysis of the carbon cycle and how carbon emissions are calculated in the forest (2012)
A brochure highlighting the findings of the National Report on Sustainable Forests, which provides a comprehensive account of available data on the current condition of the US’s forest resources (2010)
A Forisk report analyzing forest and woody residues available for emerging bioenergy projects in the US and the impact these projects will have on forest resources (2010)
A report from government and forest industry leaders and scholars on effective climate change mitigation measures through forest management and bio-based renewable energy (2008)
A report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on the benefits of co-firing coal with biomass, prepared for a presentation to the International Technical Conference on Coal Utilization and Fuel Systems (2002)
A report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on life cycle assessments on biomass, coal, and natural gas, prepared for a presentation to the First World Conference and Exhibition on Biomass for Energy and Industry (2000)