by Paul Noe
Vice President, Public Policy
A recent study by the National Council for Air and Stream
Improvement (NCASI) has found substantial greenhouse gas
reduction benefits from using manufacturing residuals for biomass
energy in the forest products industry. The study, “Greenhouse Gas
and Fossil Fuel Reduction Benefits of Using Biomass Manufacturing Residuals for Energy Production in Forest Products Facilities,” examined the life cycle greenhouse gas and fossil fuel reduction benefits of using biomass residuals for energy production in the U.S. forest products industry. Wood processing activities at pulp, paper, and wood products mills produce a significant volume of biomass residuals, and they are the primary source of energy to run the mills. On average, about two-thirds of the energy powering forest products mills is derived from biomass.
The results of this study reveal that each year’s use of biomass-based manufacturing residuals in the U.S. forest products industry avoids the emission of approximately 218 million tons of CO2E. This is equivalent to removing over 40 million cars from the road.
The study underscores the importance of policymakers continuing to recognize the forest products industry’s use of biomass energy as carbon neutral.