Enviva, the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, has received approval to install air quality equipment to further reduce emissions from its production facility in Southampton County, Virginia, US. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (Virginia DEQ) approved the move, which will also allow Enviva to boost production and utilisation of softwood (pine).
Virginia DEQ held an ‘informational session’ for local residents in August and a hearing in September where they heard from stakeholders, residents and other interested parties about Enviva’s request for additional air quality controls. According to a statement by Enviva, “dozens” of local community members expressed support for the plant as it creates jobs in the county and boosts economic growth.
Enviva chairman and CEO John Keppler said: “This permit comes at an important time. The urgency to address climate change has never been more acute. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – widely considered the world’s leading authority on climate science – calls for increased use of bioenergy like Enviva’s wood pellets in every one of their proposed pathways to limiting the impact of climate change to less than 1.5oC.
“…Enviva’s investments create a positive economic and social impact in the Southampton area and the entire state of Virginia, as well as for the environment. Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts during the comment period. We’re grateful to be a part of your community.”