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Enviva releases inaugural Corporate Sustainability Report

"Displace coal, grow more trees, fight climate change" – the world's largest wood pellet producer Enviva Partners, LP (Enviva) has released its first Corporate Sustainability Report.
"I am excited to share our first-ever Corporate Sustainability Report that not only reflects the journey that began when we founded Enviva more than 16 years ago but looks ahead at the opportunities that exist for our company to continue to fuel positive change,” said John Keppler, Chairman, and CEO of Enviva.

Forests cover about 57 percent of the total land area of the US Southeast. Although about 2.5 percent of this forest area is harvested annually, the remaining 97.5 percent of the forest is in various stages of regrowth. Of the 2.5 percent forest area harvested, (left) less than 3 percent of that harvest is used for wood pellet production. Launched in 2017, Enviva’s “Track & Trace” platform enables open communication and has proven “mission-critical” in monitoring, tracking, and reporting exactly where all of its wood is sourced, from the forest to the pellet plant (graphics courtesy Enviva).

The inaugural report outlines Enviva’s commitment to sustainable wood bioenergy, milestones in the company’s 16-year history, and focuses on three key topics that define Enviva’s mission: people, forests, and climate change.

This milestone document for Enviva focuses on the three core commitments that guide our work – people, forests, and climate change – and how they drive our approach to sustainability in all aspects of our business. The choices we make today will have lasting impacts for generations to come, and we are privileged to continue to have the input of so many valued stakeholders to inform our choices and help ensure that good biomass protects forests, empowers communities, and puts us on the path to net-zero emissions, said John Keppler, Chairman, and CEO of Enviva.

The report highlights progress Enviva has made to help landowners in the US Southeast keep and use generational forestland, address climate change by displacing coal and drive positive, economic change in the communities where the company operates.

Publishing this Corporate Sustainability Report is an important, measurable first step to ensure Enviva continues to source responsibly, improve forest ecosystems, and produce a reliable, renewable, and dispatchable wood-based fuel that can be used globally to reduce carbon emissions. As our 2020 report reveals, sustainability is essential to Enviva’s core business. This report reflects the time, dedication, and commitment we have invested to better serve our customers, partners, and communities around the world, said Dr Jennifer Jenkins, VP and CSO at Enviva.

Among the accomplishments reported in the Corporate Sustainability Report are the following:

Fighting climate change

  • Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: Enviva has displaced approximately 16 million metric tons of coal and eliminated 31 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions globally. According to Enviva, the reduction in CO2 emissions alone is the equivalent of the CO2 emissions of over 71 million barrels of oil.
  • Driving progress to Net-Zero: Enviva has a target to displace an additional 87 million tonnes of coal and eliminate an additional 172 million tonnes of CO2 emissions between 2020 and 2044.
  • Leading the industry in emissions control: Enviva “is a leader” in the wood products industry by comprehensively controlling emissions generated by its operations and using state-of-the-art industry-proven air emission controls to reduce emissions from its manufacturing process.

Empowering people and communities

  • Economic investment: When planned investments in Alabama (AL), Mississippi (MS), and South Carolina (SC) are complete, it is estimated that Enviva’s footprint across the US Southeast will support approximately 4 200 jobs and an annual economic impact of more than US$2.7 billion.
  • Sustainable forestry and land retention: Since 2013, Enviva partnered with the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program, launched by the US Endowment for Forest & Communities as well as the US Forest Service and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service. The program provides resources to empower all landowners with a focus on engaging and encouraging African American forest landowners to keep and use forestland that has been passed down to them for generations, helping families turn their land from a liability into an asset – providing both an income and a legacy for future generations.
  • Ongoing community involvement: Enviva’s positive community impact in the US Southeast does not end with the economic development driven by the company’s operations. Enviva provides significant support and investment of resources to local schools, colleges, first responders, and charitable organizations across a broad range of community programs focused on the rural US Southeast.

Growing and thriving forests

  • Keeping forests as forests: Enviva partnered with The Longleaf Alliance to help conserve rare and threatened species and ecosystems and to help restore longleaf pine, a critical species in the pine forest ecosystem in the US Southeast, through its responsible wood sourcing.
  • Supporting forest conservation: Enviva provided more than US$1.9 million in grants through its Forest Conservation Fund, resulting in more than 24 000 acres (≈ 9 713 ha) of forestland conserved across the US Southeast.
  • Transparency in the supply chain: The deployment and evolution of Enviva’s industry-leading “Track & Trace” technology has been widely successful in effectively monitoring, tracking, and publicly reporting where all of Enviva’s wood is sourced across the US Southeast.

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