In a somewhat ironic twist to Europe’s Sustainability story, countries there faced with mandates to increase the percent of the continent’s energy produced from renewable sources are leading to a thriving market of imported wood pellets made from trees in US forests. In 2007, the European Commission set a goal that by 2020 greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced to 20% below their 1990 level. It also set a goal of moving Europe to use of 20% renewable energy by 2020.
Both were daunting and perhaps unrealistic goals, but government regulators are putting pressure on energy companies and manufacturers to make more progress. As it became clear that fuel sources such as solar and wind weren’t going to be enough to hit the renewable energy goals, European electric companies are being asked to switch from coal to – it seems strange to say in the 21st century – wood pellets.
Article Source: : SC Forestry