The U.S. forest products industry is vitally important to our nation's economy, employing about 900,000 people - many in small, rural communities. It ranks among the top 10 manufacturers in 45 states and represents four percent of U.S. manufacturing GDP.
PPRC members discussed the carbon neutrality of biomass and manufacturing byproducts. The carbon neutrality of biomass harvested from sustainably managed forests has been recognized repeatedly by agencies and institutions around the world. Forest products industry manufacturers use biomass residuals to power their facilities, reducing fossil fuel use and providing significant carbon reduction benefits to the environment. The PPRC urges policymakers to formally recognize the industry's use of biomass for energy as carbon neutral.
Pulp & Paperworkers’ Resource Council (2/17/17)