FSC Stories 2021

Transaction Verification in Asia Wood Pellets Supply Chain

FSC introduced transaction verification for wood pellets covering the major producer and consumer markets in Asia.

Why was this introduced?
FSC and Assurance Services International (ASI) received questions and allegations about the FSC-certified wood pellets supply chain’s integrity in the region.

Why was this important?
When produced from sustainable sources, wood pellets are a renewable energy source used for industrial power generation and residential heating purposes

What were the results?
The preliminary results of the analysis highlighted that:

  • Vietnam was the main producer and exporter of FSC-certified wood pellets.
  • Japan was the biggest importer of FSC-certified wood pellets. 
  • Mismatches have been identified in export-import volume data.
  • Instances of potential false claims have been identified.



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