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AEG achieves FSC certification for CoalSwitch pellet production

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Active Energy Group (AEG) has achieved a chain of custody and controlled wood certifications compliant with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards for its new clean energy pellet.

This new designation is part of AEG’s continuing commitment to sustainability across its business, from supply chain to production to the impact of the fuel itself.

CoalSwitch™ pellets are made using residual biomass such as bark, treetops, and branches. Recently, AEG announced that independent testing of CoalSwitch in the US found the fuel reduces pollutants including ash, nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide when co-fired with coal. AEG also reported that CoalSwitch “outperforms” existing biomass-based white pellets.

The process of attaining FSC certification included rigorous audits by the independent accredited certification body, SCS Global Services. These audits examine the full CoalSwitch production process through the whole supply chain, from feedstock source to final production.

AEG’s certification to these FSC standards confirms that the production of CoalSwitch will use forest-based materials from responsible sources and that the company’s suppliers have committed to the strictest standards governing forest management.

The FSC certification is the basic market prerequisite to permit biomass products to be sold into many of AEG’s target markets. It represents a significant milestone and allows the company to engage with a wider range of prospective customers. While not a legislative requirement in many jurisdictions, several prospective customers have indicated that FSC certification will support their corporate ESG agendas, enhancing the prospect of future orders.

“The FSC certification is a measure of our commitment to sustainability across our entire business model and demonstrates confidence in our supply chain for our prospective customers in North America and internationally,” said Michael Rowan, CEO of AEG.

“Not only has CoalSwitch been shown to be a more sustainable option compared to coal when it burns, but now we can show that the original source of the fuel itself is sustainable.

“The FSC designation is a major prerequisite to future sales contracts and we are excited at the prospect of demonstrating all the environmental benefits of our CoalSwitch fuel.”

Don’t miss our interview with Michael Rowan of AEG in the March/April issue of Bioenergy Insight magazine.