Pellets + Our Planet

Climate Change

Canada’s wood pellet producers are committed to combatting climate change by supplying the world with green energy from renewable, sustainable biomass. Wood pellets play a key role in the fight against climate change and are enabling a successful transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, while opening doors for second-generation biofuels and bio-products.  

While both fossil fuels, such as coal, and biological materials, like wood pellets both emit carbon dioxide, it is ultimately the source of that CO2 that determines its impact on the atmosphere. Coal is a very efficient fuel, providing more energy per kilogram than biomass, but it is not renewable.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading authority on climate change, has recognized the significant GHG mitigation potential of biomass—as much as 80 to 90 percent. But not all biomass is created equal. WPAC members are committed to using only waste material and low-grade by-products from sawmilling and forest harvesting activities to produce Canada’s sustainable wood pellets.

Watch: Power of Pellets: Contributing to a Low Carbon Economy

Read: Meeting Climate Change Goals: The Role of Wood Pellets


Partnering with Laborelec, a global research and solutions organization, with funding from the Government of Canada, our first of its kind Greenhouse Gas Study provides credible data to support the ongoing demand for wood pellets.

Read: Verifying Sustainability: Canada-Japan Greenhouse Gas Study

Watch: The Carbon Story