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ENplus wood pellet certification scheme celebrates 10th anniversary

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Bioenergy Europe’s ENplus wood pellet certification scheme has celebrated 10 years of operations.

For a decade, the ENplus scheme has contributed to the development of the premium pellet market by introducing and maintaining harmonised pellet quality across the supply chain.

As of November, there are more than 1,040 certified pellet producers, traders, and service providers in 47 countries on 6 continents.

The total production of certified pellets for 2020 is close to 13 million tonnes, accounting for approximately 69% of the European heating market.

“The certification scheme has had an immense impact on the pellet market in the past 10 years,” said Pablo Rodero, president of the European Pellet Council.

“ENplus has introduced a common ground for producers, traders, and consumers where they speak the same language and prioritise quality. It is due to this high quality that pellets as a commodity today are considered one of the most efficient and greenest ways to heat your home.

“I expect even bigger demand for certified pellets in the forthcoming years when we will all be striving for lower air emissions and a more conscious way of living.”

ENplus was initially created by the Deutsches Pelletinstitut (DEPI) in 2010 in Germany. Later, DEPI transferred the rights to AEBIOM, now Bioenergy Europe, to further develop the scheme at European level.

Today, ENplus is managed internationally by the European Pellet Council, a network of Bioenergy Europe, with 14 national partners.

The certification scheme is based on the ISO 17225-2 standard but goes “well beyond” it, according to the organisation, with additional, more stringent requirements. In the past decade, more than 700 fraud cases have been identified by the European Pellet Council and its partners.