Quebec’s wood pellets come from renewable resources and represent an alternative to burning fossil fuels in light of the fight against climate change and for sustainable development.
Quebec wood pellets, a green and renewable source of energy!
Using wood pellets as fuel helps recover the energy stored in the wood – energy that is 100% natural.
Photosynthesis is a process that is essential for plant growth. With the help of energy from the sun, trees absorb, throughout their period of growth, carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and water (H2O) from the soil. Carbon (C) is fixed in the trees’ tissues and oxygen (O2) is released into the air.
The manufacturing of wood pellets contributes to the recovery of sawmill residues (sawdust, shavings and chips), which are also called by-products of the wood and forest waste sector. Depending on the quality required, Quebec pellet producers can supply various products with varying qualities (premium, standard or industrial).
In Quebec, the main source of raw material for manufacturing wood pellets comes from the processing of wood products. These wood industry by-products or wastes are collected and compressed uniformly to ensure a high quality, consistent product that has no glue or binder.
When the pellets burn, the carbon stored in the woody tissue is released into the atmosphere. Pellets are therefore carbon neutral, meaning that the carbon output corresponds to the carbon intake from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. Unlike fossil fuels, no additional CO2 is released into the atmosphere during wood pellet combustion. As a result, this source of energy is not only renewable, it also helps reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fight climate change.
In this day and age of concerns about energy efficiency and the reduction of CO2 emissions, the use of wood pellets shows tremendous potential for the residential, commercial, industrial and institutional sectors. In short, the energy produced by Quebec wood pellets offers excellent heat, economic and environmental performances and therefore helps promote the principle of sustainable and regional development.