Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership
Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership

Is Pellet Burning Carbon Neutral?



US Forests and the Climate Emergency


The Dogwood Alliance


Burning trees in place of fossil fuels for energy will accelerate, not reduce, carbon emissions while also degrading forests’ ability to provide critical climate mitigation and other ecosystem services.


Efforts to characterize bioenergy or other wood products as “carbon neutral” are not only inaccurate, but irrelevant. “Carbon neutrality” is not good enough because concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere must decrease rather than remain constant over time.


"Bioenergy is not carbon-neutral and can have seriously negative climate impacts. The combustion of forest biomass generally releases more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than fossil fuels.."

Mohawk Trail State Forest
Mohawk Trail State Forest