Proprietary wood Track & Trace Program from Enviva is aimed at assuring pellet sources are not drawn unsustainably.
Biofuel wood pellet manufacturer Enviva launched a wood supply tracking system, Track & Trace, that documents origin of its wood fiber supply. About 25% was sawdust, shavings or residuals from wood product manufacturing, and the average forest used was 35 years old.
Biofuel producer Enviva Partners LP has acquired a fully-contracted Southampton County, Virginia plant for $131 million. Acquired from Enviva's sponsor’s joint venture with affiliates of John Hancock Life Insurance Co., the Southampton plant has an annual pellet production capacity of 510,000 metric tons.
Enviva, said to be the largest wood pellet fuel maker, established $5 million fund to protect bottomland forests of cypress, gum and oak, in North Carolina and Virginia. Some environmental groups fear growing use of the pellets by European power plants as a substitute for coal will threaten fragile ecosystems.
Biomass producer Enviva LP said it will invest $214.2 million into two new pellet manufacturing plants in North Carolina, creating 160 jobs by 2017.
U.S. wood pellet exports grew, outpacing Canada's volume this year to make it the global leader. Expansion and investment in wood pellet capacity in the U.S. South will nearly quadruple export volumes by 2015.