Pacific BioEnergy looks at sustainability from both an economic and environmental perspective and believes they are firmly connected. You can’t have a strong economy without a healthy environment, and vice versa.
Sustainability from the economic perspective means steady growth of the company through strategic partnerships, strategic investments in innovation and new technologies. It means supporting our employees through training and development, with a persistent focus on safety. It also means manufacturing a superior product, quality assurance and proactive involvement in our communities.
Sustainability from the environmental perspective is what makes Pacific BioEnergy a leader in the wood pellet industry and what makes our employees excited to be members of the Pacific BioEnergy team. Our company and the wood pellet industry as a whole in BC meant that sawmill and forest residues could be turned into a clean, green energy alternative. Air quality improved in Prince George and other BC communities when sawmills were able to shutdown beehive burners as a result of the wood pellet industry’s ability to utilize residual fibre from the solid wood sector.
Manufacturing wood pellets by utilizing logging residuals that would otherwise be burned by the primary harvesting companies also greatly improves our air quality and helps our forest industry be as carbon neutral as possible.
Another fibre source for our pellets is beetle-killed trees that are not suitable for dimensional lumber or pulp chips. These trees are harvested and processed to make wood pellets. In doing this these damaged ecosystems are reforested allowing the forest ecosystem to recovery from the mountain beetle epidemic. Even forests damaged by fires, that are not suitable fibre for the solid wood or pulp and paper industries can be harvested and processed to make wood pellets. In harvesting this fibre we are at the same time reforesting and rehabilitating the fire damaged ecosystem. The development of the wood pellet industry has provided greater sustainability from both the economic and to a greater degree the environmental perspective.