Enviva publishes 2020 Impact Report outlining sustainability progress

Enviva has published its 2020 Impact Report, which outlines the progress made last year to implement its Responsible Sourcing Policy (RSP) provisions in its operations.

The firm’s RSP provides strict sourcing guidelines that hold it to the highest standards of sustainability, integrity, forest stewardship, and continuous improvement and serves as the guiding principle for its global wood sourcing.

To continue to deliver on its commitment to responsible, sustainable wood sourcing, in early 2020, Enviva set out new goals and initiatives, defined as its 2020 Implementation Plans. These plans are set in three key areas: sustainable forestry standards, verification and transparency, and conservation leadership across the US Southeast, where the company owns and operates wood pellet production plants.

Jennifer Jenkins, vice-president and chief sustainability officer at Enviva, said: “Since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in early 2020, we worked effectively to deliver on our goals in spite of the uncertainty we faced. Because we made good progress and found new ways to work and collaborate with partners despite the pandemic, I am especially proud to publish our second Impact Report, highlighting our 2020 progress and achievements.”

Some of the key accomplishments cited in the report include:

  • The publication of Enviva’s first Corporate Sustainability Report, featuring a GHG Inventory and a discussion of its sustainability journey from its inception in 2004 to the present

  • Enviva created and reported a custom Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Index by drawing material variables to the biofuels, pulp & paper, forest management, and industrials categories. This voluntary disclosure of data is an “innovative first” in the biomass industry and was vetted by a third-party verification body, Bureau Veritas.

  • The company made solid progress on its five-year partnership with The Longleaf Alliance to restore longleaf forest systems across its biomass sourcing regions. Examples include increasing the company’s purchasing from restoration projects on public lands and conducting outreach to private landowners interested in establishing or improving longleaf.

  • The company announced a partnership with Finite Carbon via its CORE platform, which will create high-quality, credible forest offsets within its supply regions

  • Enviva partnered with GoChain to conduct a pilot programme designed to enhance the traceability of its pellets using blockchain technology. Given the pilot’s success, Enviva anticipates further exploration and piloting of blockchain.

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