WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued the following statement regarding the letter 154 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency urging the recognition of the carbon neutrality of biomass energy.
The letter can be found here: http://awc.org/docs/default-source/letters/house-letter-on-carbon-neutrality-of-forest-biomass.pdf
“The carbon life cycle of wood products is well known and recognized. Our industry produces almost 80 percent of its own energy through the use of biomass residuals, displacing the need for fossil fuel use. These congressmen and women have now joined senators and scientists in supporting the use of biomass energy from manufacturing residuals as being fully sustainable. It is important for both our industry and national energy policy that the federal government clearly recognizes the carbon neutrality of biomass energy derived from sustainable forestry and our industry’s manufacturing residuals.
“We thank all of the letter’s supporters and, in particular, Representatives Ribble, Bishop, Poliquin, Schrader, Harper and Graham for leading the effort.”