The European Pellet Council (EPC) is an umbrella organisation of Bioenergy Europe founded in 2010 that represents the interests of the wood pellet sector, ensuring its sustainable development at European-level. The EPC is made up of 16 national pellet associations and related organisations from 16 countries, with 3 observing members.
The objective of EPC is to manage the transition of pellet from a niche product to a major energy commodity. To achieve this general purpose, EPC activities include an important participation to the standardisation and certification of pellet quality, communication and public affairs efforts, the development of sectoral statistics, education and training seminars around issues of safety, quality and security of pellet supply. EPC also coordinates the ENplus®quality certification, adapting this system according to market needs.
EPC's internal organisation: EPC's President is Eric Vial (Propellet France) and Vice-President is Didzis Palejs (LATbio, Latvia). The daily coordination of EPC is ran by Gilles Gauthier and by Catalina-Elena Dumitru for the ENplus® management. The EPC Board of Directors is comprised of Annalisa Paniz (AIEL, Italy), Christian Rakos (proPellets Austria) and Gordon Murray (WPAC, Canada).
For more information on the European Pellet Council, visit epc.bioenergyeurope.org.
For more information on the ENplus® certification, visit www.enplus-pellets.eu.
- Make your voice heard at the EU-level: we provide information on pellets and express the views of pellets suppliers on policy files to EU policy makers and stakeholders;
- Be a part of important international pellet sector discussions: the group is in regular contact with US and Canadian pellet producers and represents the European pellet suppliers towards utilities (Sustainable Biomass Partnership);
- Share know-how and expertise on common sectoral issues such as market data, safety, logistics, certification of pellets, etc.;
- Network and gain visibility: the group has regular internal meetings which allow the members to exchange developments in their sectors. Also, the group and its members represent the European pellet sector at related public events.