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Global Change for Children: 2014 & 2015 Biomass Counts: 2014 - Present
Viridis Energy is committed to upholding the highest standards in Safety and Sustainability. As a renewable energy company, our culture is focused on ensuring that we are doing our part to protect our employees, the community and the environment.
In June 2015, Viridis Energy rolled out its new Safety Roadmap called EMPOWER. Viridis believes in empowering employees to create a safe, sustainable and collaborative workplace. A world-class operation requires an effective safety culture that is inherent in every employee; and safety is integrated in every task, every day. Empowerment begins with knowledge. Employees will be educated on the importance of dust management, preventative maintenance, safe operating procedures and overall safety.
Our business is biomass – providing a clean fuel to replace coal in industry and as a replacement for heating oil in homes where access to natural gas is limited. Biomass is a carbon neutral, baseload power. It is readily available and is made from wood waste products. Viridis uses only sustainable wood waste product in Canada and selects its suppliers carefully.
BC Wood Pellets for Energy Sustainable Biomass Fact Sheet:
- British Columbia (BC) has some of the most stringent forest laws, regulations, and practices in the world, delivering a careful balance of economic and environmental benefits. This was confirmed by a 2009 independent study of 11 jurisdictions legislation and certification schemes which concluded that “Canada and the province of BC continue to be a world leader in practicing sustainable forest management.” (Indufor, Finland)
- BC’s array of policies, laws, and regulations, addresses globally recognized sustainable forest management elements such as land use planning, forest management practices, public consultation, Aboriginal involvement, protected areas, biodiversity, and endangered species.
- Third-party sustainable forest management certification compliments these controls and together they provide assurances to purchasers in Europe that Canadian forest products come from sustainable source independent forest certification programs.
- The government of BC carefully regulates the amount of timber that may be harvested each year, through the office of the Chief Forestor. This Annual Allowable Cut (AAC) is independent of forest product & wood pellet demand.
- Using waste byproducts for pellet, production eliminates the regulated requirement to burn this waste material through reducing fire hazards and avoiding the risk of disease and pest infestation.
- In fact, by law, all harvested areas in BC must be regenerated. This is done through natural regeneration or planting to maintain species diversity. 80% of the harvested areas are replanted within 1.8 years, placing BC at the top of silvaculture practices globally.