Leading the industry
Enviva has created a leading-edge sustainable sourcing program that provides transparent, publicly available sourcing data. Track & Trace® allows us and our stakeholders to specifically identify the source of our wood to its origin in the forest or sawmill and to further monitor and audit our procurement activities. As part of this program, we pay particular attention to land use change, use and effectiveness of Best Management Practices, wetlands, biodiversity, and certification status.
Ensuring sustainable forestry
To ensure that our suppliers provide us with wood that meets our sustainability requirements, Enviva has developed Track & Trace®, or T&T®, a one-of-a-kind monitoring program that tracks all the wood we receive from the forest to its harvest origin and publishes that information online.
Before selling wood to Enviva, a supplier must provide detailed data on the specific forest tract being considered for harvest, including each individual tract’s precise geographic location, acreage, forest type, species mix, age, and the share of wood from each harvest that goes to Enviva versus other consumers. We do not accept any wood from a harvest without this information, we keep records of the data, and we verify the accuracy of our procedures through third-party audits.
Innovation and Insight
A proprietary system
Track & Trace is a proprietary system that enables Enviva to monitor every truckload of wood the company procures from the forest to the mill. This innovative technology provides detailed insights into the wood’s unique characteristics—including origination—enabling us to continue to refine our sustainable sourcing policies.
Enviva’s Track & Trace
Data for Q1 and Q2 2019
T&T is an important element of Enviva’s Responsible Sourcing Policy, and it complements our third-party sustainability certifications. This system delivers the information we need to tailor our sourcing practices to the specific needs of our operations, and enables Enviva to provide an unprecedented level of transparency, going above and beyond any other pellet producer or southern forest products company.
Our most recent findings, which cover wood purchases from January through June 2019, are summarized in the infographic below and in our recent blog post.
1 Primary wood is defined as the wood Enviva sources directly from the forest. During January-June 2019, approximately 80% of the wood Enviva received came from these primary sources and the remainder was wood residues sourced from sawmills and other wood processing facilities (secondary wood).
Track & Trace® interactive maps
Follow the links below to explore interactive maps that display additional information on the state of Southeast U.S. forests and Enviva’s wood supply.
“The Track & Trace® system helps us to finely tune the science applied to forestry practices. The data we collect about our sourcing allows us to confirm that we are buying wood that is consistent with the value we place on forest stewardship. Our goal, as always, is to contribute to the health of the working forest landscape.”
—Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Enviva