WASHINGTON – American Wood Council President and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's announcement today to uphold in part and overturn in part Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act.
"Although the Supreme Court has issued its decision regarding EPA's Tailoring Rule, the ruling does nothing to clarify how biomass carbon emissions will be treated in existing and proposed regulations. The use of biomass energy is integral in manufacturing wood products and AWC has been asking for clear regulations since the Tailoring Rule was issued in 2010. EPA needs to quickly finalize its Accounting Framework and acknowledge that energy produced from biomass residuals in the wood products industry is carbon neutral.
"Our industry's products and the manner in which we produce and use biomass energy are all part of the sustainable carbon cycle. By using biomass residuals as fuel, the wood products industry is harnessing the energy value of CO2 that would have been lost to the atmosphere anyway and also displacing the use of more carbon-intensive fuels. The carbon-neutral benefits of the wood products industry are perpetuated through the natural carbon cycle and should be reflected in EPA regulations and guidance."