A sustainable approach to doing business guides every aspect of our operations

The United States has abundant forestlands that extend across much of the country and benefit our society in countless ways. Forests provide clean water and air, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and the raw materials to build and maintain our communities. Forests also store carbon and provide a source of clean, renewable energy.

Long before sustainability became a focus for policymakers and the business community, forest landowners were cultivating trees to produce lumber and other essential raw materials, while respecting the land, its waterways and its wildlife.

Inspired in part by these traditions of good land stewardship, Drax Biomass has implemented a sustainable approach to doing business. This commitment to sustainability guides every aspect of our operations, from wood sourcing to pellet production to shipment of our finished products.

Sustainable forestry

Today the United States grows more trees than it harvests, a trend that has persisted for over half a century due in large part to responsible forestry practices.

Sustainable forestry is the practice of managing land to meet consumers’ growing demand for forest products while ensuring forest-based environmental and recreational benefits will be around for future generations. Today’s landowners employ a wide range of planting, management and harvesting techniques to support and maintain working forests.

Drax Biomass works closely with the landowners and suppliers near our facilities – as well as other industry partners – to certify that our wood fiber is sourced from sustainably managed working forests.

Environmental benefits

Biomass-based fuel from working forests can play a key role in reducing the emissions that contribute to global warming. Trees in a working forest naturally absorb carbon as the forest moves through its cycle of growth, harvest and regrowth. When harvested wood is used to generate electricity, the carbon released during combustion is reabsorbed by the next generation of trees.

Compressed wood pellets therefore offer a readily available, renewable, low-carbon alternative to fossil fuels such as coal — one of the largest contributors to climate change.

Drax Biomass Sustainable Forestry Commitment

Drax Biomass Inc. is committed to implementing and achieving the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™)  Standards as part of its wood procurement program to broaden the practice of sustainable forestry.

This commitment is in line with Drax Group Environmental Policy and Sustainability Policy for Biomass which covers all sourcing of biomass within the Group.

Drax Biomass’ Sustainable Forestry Policy is to promote the Principles of Sustainable Forest Management, including:

  • encouraging sustainable forestry
  • employing responsible practices
  • regenerating the forest and maintaining productive capacity
  • protecting and maintaining long-term forest and soil productivity
  • protecting water resources
  • protecting special sites and biological diversity
  • complying with legal requirements
  • managing visual impacts and providing recreational opportunities for the public
  • promoting sustainable forestry among landowners
  • supporting forestry research
  • training and education
  • promoting community involvement and transparency
  • continually improving forest practices

Drax Biomass is committed to comply with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including:

  • social laws such as those covering civil rights
  • equal employment opportunities
  • anti-discrimination and anti-harassment measures
  • workers’ compensation
  • indigenous peoples’ rights
  • workers’ and communities’ right to know
  • prevailing wages
  • workers’ right to organize
  • occupational health and safety

Drax Biomass also promotes forest certification with family forest owners and requires wood producers to participate in appropriate logger training programs.

To implement and achieve the SFI® Standard Principles, Objectives, Performance Measures and Indicators, Drax Biomass has developed and adopted programs and plans to guide its wood procurement and fiber sourcing activities. These programs and plans are contained in appropriate documents including the SFI® Certified Sourcing Requirements document, the Chain of Custody manual and other procedures.

The company is committed to annually review the effectiveness of its sustainable forestry programs, systems, and commitments, to continually improve the practice of sustainable forestry, and to monitor, measure and publicly report progress performance in achieving the commitment to sustainable forestry.

Drax Biomass is committed to implement its best efforts to avoid trading and sourcing wood from the following categories:

  • Illegally harvested wood
  • Wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights
  • Wood harvested in forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities
  • Wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use
  • Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted

This commitment shall be made available to DBI personnel, suppliers, customers, and other interested parties upon request.

-Greg Martin, Chief Operating Officer

(FSC-C123692. SFI Marks are registered marks owned by Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Reproduced with the permission of the PEFC Council)


We demonstrate our commitment to sustainability by complying with widely-recognized industry standards, including those developed by the SFI®, FSC®, and the PEFC™.

We are proud to have earned the following certificates of sustainability for our facilities:

Additional information on certification bodies’ websites:

We are also pleased to have achieved certification under the Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP).  This industry-led initiative enables pellet producers to demonstrate that biomass is both legally and sustainably sourced.

Our certificates and supporting documents are available below:

(FSC-C123692. SFI Marks are registered marks owned by Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Reproduced with the permission of the PEFC Council.)


Drax Biomass promotes biomass sustainability through our partnerships with state forestry associations, academic institutions and research organizations. These partnerships encourage and enable association members to participate in sustainability certification programs, and provide tools to help landowners better manage their forests.

Educational materials prepared by or with our partner organizations:

Stakeholder feedback

June 29, 2018 - Drax Biomass seeks stakeholder evaluation of wood procurement