Enviva Supports Dutch Parliament’s Motion on Sustainably Sourced Biomass

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Enviva Inc., the world’s leading producer of sustainably sourced woody biomass, supports the Dutch Parliament’s motion on sustainably sourced biomass.

Enviva agrees with the idea that financial help should only be given to woody biomass that comes from a sustainable source. As a U.S. company that makes and sells wood pellets and exports them, the business needs to follow all the rules and regulations in the markets it serves.

The Netherlands is no different. The Dutch Parliament passed a vote in mid-December 2022 requesting that the Dutch government ensure that no subsidies are provided to parties who do not meet sustainability requirements through proper certification.

Enviva meets all of the sustainability criteria, which require a lot of auditing and certification by independent groups.

Thomas Meth, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enviva, said, "We are very sure that the wood pellets we send to the Netherlands meet the Dutch sustainability criteria. Enviva’s production is certified by the Sustainable Biomass Programme (SBP), annually audited, and has always complied with the Dutch Ministry of Climate’s sustainability criteria.”

On the domestic front, President Biden recently signed a $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill into law. This bill recognises forest bioenergy as a renewable energy source and says it is carbon neutral as long as the use of forest biomass for energy production does not cause forests to be used for other things. It also tells federal agencies to "recognise the full benefits of using forest biomass for energy, conservation, and responsible forest management."

The bill adds to the U.S. government's investments and support for energy security and climate change resources. This was seen before with the passage of the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, which uses investments and tax credits to encourage the use of wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources, such as biomass that comes from sustainable sources.

As expressed by a spokesperson for Senate Appropriations Committee member Sen. Susan Collins, "Recognising the carbon neutrality of biomass not only aligns with the science, but also encourages investments in working forests, harvesting operations, bioenergy, wood products, and paper manufacturing.”

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