The biomass industry has been put on the back foot yet again, forced to defend itself against another report refuting its claims that biomass is a renewable, carbon neutral solution to our climate change challenge.
Biomass market participants from all over the world gathered in London for the annual Argus Media biomass conference, but there was one noticeable absentee — German Pellets, until recently one of the world’s largest wood pellet producers.
Since the start of this year, barely a week has gone by without new headlines concerning the wood pellet producer and its recent downfall. The producer filed for insolvency in February, followed by seven European subsidiaries and its US arm Louisiana Pellets.
The biomass industry has a problem — its public image. A sector as reliant on government policy and subsidy as the industrial biomass market is needs the backing of the general public. But the narrative is too often dictated by NGOs challenging its environmental credentials.