ENplus set to certify over 14 million tonnes of pellets in 2021
ENplus, a world-leading certification scheme to guarantee high-quality wood pellets for consumers, reports another year of stable growth. In 2020, the total production of certified pellets is confirmed to be 12.3 million tonnes, while the amount for the current year is foreseen to surpass 14 million tonnes.
According to Bioenergy Europe, the organization managing the quality assurance scheme via its network European Pellet Council (EPC), these record volumes come as a result of the scheme’s continuous expansion and the growing number of certified companies.
Initially designed by the Deutsche Pelletinstitut (DEPI) in 2010 in Germany and transferred to the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) – now known as Bioenergy Europe – for further development, it was introduced in 2011 to provide quality assurance to end-users.
As of March 2021, ENplus has certified over 1 1 100 companies in 47 countries around the world in the wood pellet production and distribution chain.
Although most of the newly certified companies are located in countries such as Poland, Ukraine, and Russia, an increasing interest in the scheme is also registered from pellet businesses in South America.
With over 3 million tonnes, Germany remained the biggest producer of ENplus certified pellets in 2020. Austria kept second place followed by Russia, while Poland ranked 4th getting ahead of France and Spain.
Nonetheless, all countries in the top 6 have increased their certified production compared to the previous year, with France being the only exception.
We continue to observe a strong demand for certification coming from most countries in Europe. According to the latest data that we have, the ENplus certified production accounts for more than 85 percent of the pellet volumes in at least 10 European countries. Given the circumstances around the pandemic and the national programs encouraging for a transition towards greener energy, it should be expected that many more end-users will look for high-quality pellets which is a promising forecast for the certification’s future, commented Catalina-Elena Dumitru, the scheme’s director.
Resolving fraud and e-training
The ENplus management continues to allocate considerable resources in combating fraud so that the value of the certification and its trademark remains protected over time. As of April 2021, close to 740 fraud cases have been identified and resolved.
To help consumers and end-users identify fraudulent companies, a blacklist is kept up-to-date on the scheme’s website.
Ever since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak, ENplus has been unable to proceed with the normal organization of its regular training for certified companies and partners.
To ensure that the quality managers of the certified companies are properly trained and have the knowledge to supervise the quality management system in place, an e-learning platform has been developed and launched.