Waycross, Georgia – Georgia Biomass, LLC announced today it has achieved Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) chain-of-custody certification for its Waycross, Georgia wood pellet manufacturing plant.
Through SFI chain-of-custody certification, companies must have a tracking system in place so they can tell customers the percentage of fiber from certified forests, certified sourcing and/or post-consumer recycled content.
- “SFI chain-of-custody certification means our customers know they are supporting sustainable forest management when they buy our wood pellets,” said Ken Ciarletta, Georgia Biomass Plant Manager.
Non-profit SFI is a comprehensive, independent certification program that works with environmental, social and industry partners to improve forest practices in North America and fiber sourcing worldwide. More than 180 million acres/73 million hectares are certified to the SFI forest management standard in North America – making it the largest single forest standard in the world. It is based on 14 core principles that promote sustainable forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value.
- “By choosing SFI chain-of-custody certification, Georgia Biomass, LLC is telling forest managers it values their commitment to sustainable forest management, and it is telling its customers they can be part of the solution,” said SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow.
- “Chain-of-custody certification means we will be able to meet the increasing market demand for forest products from responsible fiber sources, which is good for our business and good for our forests.”
- In addition to its SFI Chain of Custody certification, Georgia Biomass, LLC is also certified to SFI Certified Sourcing, PEFC® Chain of Custody, FSC® Chain of Custody and FSC® Controlled Wood certification programs. Respected organizations around the world have reported growing convergence among certification standards and recognize the value of multiple standards to increase customer choice.
- The National Association of State Foresters says SFI, the American Tree Farm System and the Forest Stewardship Council are examples of forest certification programs that can make positive contributions to America’s public and private forests.
About Georgia Biomass, LLC
Georgia Biomass, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of RWE Innogy formed in 2010 to support RWE’s commitment to biomass as a large part of the sustainable energy future. Located in Waycross, Georgia, with headquarters in Savannah, Georgia, Georgia Biomass (www.gabiomass.com) operates the world’s largest wood pellet plant. Georgia Biomass’ focus and mission is to create a more renewable energy future by delivering the highest quality pellets under the most sustainable criteria. RWE Innogy pools the renewable energy expertise and plants of the RWE Group. The company plans, builds and operates facilities generating power from renewable energies. RWE Innogy aims to vigorously grow renewable energies in Europe.
About SFI Inc.
SFI Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, and is solely responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the internationally recognized Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program (www.sfiprogram.org). Across North America, more than 180 million acres/73 million hectares are certified to the SFI forest management standard, making it the largest single forest standard in the world. SFI chain-of-custody certification tells buyers the percentage of fiber from certified forests, certified sourcing and/or post-consumer recycled content. The SFI program’s unique fiber sourcing requirements promote responsible forest management on all suppliers’ lands. SFI Inc. is governed by a three-chamber board of directors representing environmental, social and economic sectors equally.