Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Wood Pellet Heat in the Northern Forest

September 1, 2021

“Analysis shows wood pellet fuel reduces greenhouse gas by 54% vs. oil, and 59% vs. natural gas. The Northern Forest Center commissioned a study of the greenhouse gas impacts of heating buildings with
state-of-the-art wood pellet boilers. For the analysis, the Spatial Informatics Group-Natural Assets
Laboratory (SIG-NAL) used data specific to the region’s forest composition and harvest practices, and the
pellet sourcing and manufacturing of 9 out of 10 Northern Forest pellet mills, all of which produce pellets
exclusively for thermal (heat) generation.

On day one, using wood pellets for heat in the Northern Forest reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50% compared to oil and natural gas.

After 50 years, greenhouse gas emissions from pellets drop to 62% less than oil, 67% less than natural gas, and 56% less than propane.”

Read the study report here: Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Wood Pellet Heat in the Northern Forest from the Northern Forest Center

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