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AF&PA Encourages D.C. City Council to Keep Biomass in Renewable Portfolio Standard

Nov 25, 2014

CONTACT: Jessica McFaul / Chuck Fuqua
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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman has issued the following statement today prior to the District of Columbia (D.C.) City Council mark-up of its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and the important role that biomass plays in meeting energy sustainability goals.

“Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made a clear statement that renewable energy from biomass is carbon neutral and plays a positive role in helping the nation achieve its greenhouse gas mitigation objectives. If the D.C. City Council eliminates biomass-based energy sources from its RPS, it will be in direct opposition to the federal government’s latest findings. Every state with a renewable portfolio standard recognizes biomass as an eligible energy source, and countries across the globe use biomass to help reach their own climate goals. We hope that city council leaders will take into consideration EPA’s extensive research and framework findings as they approach today’s markup.”

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy.  AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.  The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women.  The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.