FAQ: Sustainability

Most Frequently Asked | Wood Biomass to Energy Basics | Sustainability Forests and Fiber Sourcing | Wood Pellet Demand in Europe 

What are some examples of sustainable practices?

Best Management Practices (BMPs) are implemented at the state level under the authority of the Clean Water Act. They mandate road-building rules, treatment of run-off, establishment of buffer zones, and other time-tested measures. In the legal logging of bottomland and wetland ecosystems, for instance, loggers use specialized equipment and procedures to minimize environmental impacts and prevent soil compaction, rutting, and erosion.[1]

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What organizations provide 3rd-party sustainability certifications?

All of Enviva’s pellet facilities are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™, (FSC®) Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI)® , and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certifications (PEFC). These are the leading independent forestry organizations in the world, the same organizations that forest products industry leaders have successfully relied on since the 1990s.

In addition to our own rigorous internal quarterly supply chain audits, these certifications require annual audits of our procurement and fiber sourcing activities. On top of this, we are audited annually by 3rd parties engaged by our customers to ensure compliance with the European sustainability requirements. These audits subject us and our suppliers to scrutiny on:

  • Compliance with all applicable laws (including EU and other directives on wetland and peatland harvesting); and
  • Adherence to Best Management Practices (BMPs), which are developed, implemented, and enforced by state forestry agencies to ensure that forestry operations do not have negative impacts on water quality or sensitive habitats.

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