Pledges in conservation leadership
Responsible Sourcing Policy
We launched our enhanced and expanded global Responsible Sourcing Policy (RSP) in 2019, which clarifies Enviva’s commitment to forest stewardship in three critical areas: 1) at the tract level, with strict standards for forest sourcing; 2) throughout our supply chain, with provisions for verification, transparency, and reporting; and 3) in pledges for conservation leadership on landscape-level challenges and opportunities.
Building on our foundation
With this RSP, we build on our standards of sustainable forestry to better conserve key ecological values. We also adopt into this policy our critical view of Enviva as a steward of diverse, thriving forested landscapes and as a key player in collaborative efforts to address landscape-level conservation priorities at scale.
Within the RSP framework, we will define and communicate our continuous improvement process through annual Implementation Plans, which set measurable goals by which we seek to make demonstrable progress toward the commitments made in our RSP. We are working deliberately over time to ensure that 100% of our sourcing meets our expectations.
View our Mid-Year Update.
View our 2019 Impact Report.
Goals and objectives
Our 2019 Impact Report
Our 2019 Impact Report summarizes the work Enviva did this year and the progress we made, together with our key partners, to move closer to the long-term goals outlined in the RSP.
Publishing this Impact Report annually is part of our commitment to transparency and accountability and is intended to keep our stakeholders informed of our work. It is divided in sections describing the plans that we made in 2019 to implement our policy provisions, the actions we took to carry out those plans, and the impact that resulted from this work.
Where our wood comes from
Wood procured by Enviva falls into the following categories:
Where our wood does not come from
Land use change
We do not source from forests where land use change to non-forest use (e.g., agriculture, development, etc.) after harvest is intended. Land use status is verified on the ground during forest certification and Track & Trace® post-harvest tract audits, and from the air using remote sensing technology.
Identification and Protection
High Conservation Value bottomland forests
To protect bottomland forests in Virginia and North Carolina, where Enviva has five pellet production facilities, we partnered with the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, which independently identified bottomland forest ecosystems that may possess High Conservation Value (HCV) attributes. Enviva made a commitment not to source wood from these HCV bottomland ecosystems.
However, because most bottomland hardwood forests are working lands that do not fall into these HCV categories, identifying tracts with HCVs is a difficult, nuanced process. Enviva has developed a detailed system for assessing whether there is a risk that a bottomland forest has HCV characteristics and whether sourcing from that tract would honor our commitment to the forest landscape. We will only agree to purchase wood from a harvest once we have determined that the tract is a working forest that is likely to regenerate with the desired composition of species.
Bottomland and wetland hardwood forests
Enviva pays special attention to responsible sourcing in bottomland/wetland hardwood forests, engaging with expert stakeholders who can assist us with our sourcing practices. To enhance our understanding of best management practices for bottomland and wetland hardwood forests, Enviva and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities co-convened a blue-ribbon panel of over 45 expert stakeholders in May 2016.
The panel, which included representatives of academic, non-profit, government, and industry groups, reviewed the science of bottomland and wetland hardwood forest management. A report detailing the findings from that workshop was released in November 2016. Enviva has incorporated the initial recommendations from the panel into our sourcing practices and Responsible Sourcing Policy.
Sawmill and residual wood sources
Enviva purchases sawmill and wood industry residues in the form of sawdust, shavings or other waste products generated during the manufacturing process. Because we purchase this material from other wood products manufacturers who do not implement a Track & Trace® system like ours, we are currently unable to trace the wood all the way back to the specific forest from which it was originally harvested. However, all of Enviva’s sawmill and wood industry suppliers are required to provide us with information on the species they use, the general geographic source of their wood, and any certifications they maintain. Enviva verifies the accuracy of this information annually through supplier outreach, and we will not work with suppliers who refuse to provide the information we request.