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ENplus passes milestone with 1 000 certified companies worldwide

ENplus, the world's largest independent wood pellet quality certification scheme, has reached a new milestone. First introduced a decade ago to provide quality assurance to end-users, the scheme has as of June 2020 certified 1 000 companies around the world in the wood pellet production and distribution chain.

According to preliminary results of Bioenergy Europe’s Pellet Report 2020, ENplus certified pellet production 2020 is forecasted to increase over by over 1 million tonnes, to reach over 13.1 million tonnes, and have an estimated 77 percent share of all pellets on the European heating market (graphic courtesy Bioenergy Europe).

Managed by Bioenergy Europe via the European Pellet Council (EPC), ENplus now includes 526 certified wood pellet producers, 471 certified traders, and three certified service providers across 46 countries. The total global production of certified pellets in 2019 reached almost 12 million tonnes.

According to preliminary results of Bioenergy Europe’s Pellet Report 2020, ENplus certified pellet production 2020 is forecasted to increase over by over 1 million tonnes, to reach over 13.1 million tonnes, and have an estimated 77 percent share of all pellets on the European heating market.

Germany largest producer

As of 2019, the biggest producer of ENplus certified pellets continues to be Germany, with over 2.7 million tonnes. Austria ranked second again, followed by Russia, France, and Poland. Apart from France, all countries in the top 5 have increased their production compared to the previous year.

The certification is based on the ISO 17225-2 standard but goes well beyond it with additional requirements. Producers, traders, and service providers can get ENplus certified for three different quality classes, most of the production being ENplus A1, the scheme’s highest class.

“Europe is heading for a greener future that foresees more and more use of biomass for the production of heat and electricity. The significant number of active certificates proves that high-quality wood pellets are part of this future, as the market demands quality from production to delivery. Therefore, ENplus standards and procedures are highly appreciated” said Catalina-Elena Dumitru, Director of ENplus, here seen during the 6th Central European Biomass Conference (CEBC) in Graz, Austria.

Training and fraud management

To keep up with the scheme’s developments, ENplus organizes regular training for certified companies and partners. Certified companies are also required to have a proper management system in place, which includes self-monitoring activities.

The value of the certification scheme is protected by ENplus Management dedicated to investigating trademark infringements. As of June 2020, more than 680 fraud cases have been identified and resolved.

An up-to-date blacklist with all fraudulent parties is also available on the scheme’s website. A revision of the certification scheme is near completion, with new documents expected to be launched in summer 2020.

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