May 27, 2020
Thought Leader Presentation to FAO Advisory
Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries
Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Enviva
Dr. Jennifer Jenkins
Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer
Dr. Jennifer Jenkins is Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer
at Enviva., She leads the team responsible for Enviva’s environmental
stewardship, from guiding the development and implementation of
policies that ensure the sustainability and traceability of the wood
supply chain, to interacting with policymakers and other stakeholders
on regulatory matters. With a technical background in carbon cycling
and ecosystem science, she brings more than 20 years of experience
working in government, academia, and the private sector at the
interface between forests and climate. She holds a Ph.D. in ecosystem
ecology from the University of New Hampshire, an M.B.A. from the
University of Maryland’s RH Smith School of Business, a Master of
Forest Science from Yale University, and a B.A. in Biology and
Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College.
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIVA
Enviva exists to displace coal, grow
more trees, and fight climate change
As a leader and an innovator we seek to act
with respect, humility, and integrity to ensure
the best outcomes for forests, people, and
the environment. By being open to
continuously evaluating and improving our
impacts around the world, we strive to
deliver superior returns on all of our
stakeholders’ investment of time, attention,
capital, and trust in Enviva.
Established in 2004
Bethesda, MD (Corporate), Raleigh, NC (Operations)
More than 1,200
Enviva’s long-term contracts to sell sustainable wood pellets
to power and heat generators globally extend to 2040
Enviva conducts its activities primarily through two
Enviva Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited
partnership (NYSE: EVA), and Enviva Development
Holdings, LLC, a wholly-owned private company
DISPLACE COAL. GROW MORE TREES. FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE.
ENVIVA’S SUPPLY CHAIN
We aggregate a natural resource (wood), process it into fuel, transport pellets
to deep-water marine storage terminals, and deliver to utility customers.
Our pellets are made of 100% plant matter.
ENERGY IMPACTS OF WOOD PELLETS
Source: IPCC, Special Report Global Warming of 1.5 ºC
IPCC AND THE ROLE OF BECCS IN CONTRIBUTING TO
ACHIEVING A 1.5 DEGREE TARGET
• Good biomass is made from low-value wood that is a by-product of a
sawmill operation or a planned traditional timber harvest.
• These by-products can be delivered directly from the forest, as tops,
limbs, thinnings, and/or low-value smaller trees, or they can be
delivered as secondary residues, like sawdust and shavings from
• Good biomass is not made from larger, high-value trees that instead could
be used for longer-lived products.
• Good biomass comes from a region where forest carbon stocks are stable
• Good biomass comes from harvest practices that safeguard biodiversity.
• Good biomass comes from a forest that is returned to forest after harvest,
and not from land that will be converted to agriculture or development.
WHAT IS “GOOD” BIOMASS?
• Published on May 6, 2020
• Discusses the sustainability, scientific, and
economic principles that underpin our business
• Available at: https://www.envivabiomass.com/wp-
Seeing the Forest:
Sustainable Wood Bioenergy in the Southeast United States
ENVIVA WHITE PAPER
...but have different views on how to get there...
Limit increase in global mean temperature to 1.5˚C,
increase carbon storage and reliance on renewables,
reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and facilitate overall
better energy efficiency and stability
Purists and pragmatists share the same goal...
...and what that means for climate strategy, policy, and execution
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE FAO
FAO, as an independent and trusted source of
information and analysis, is uniquely suited to provide
clarity on three critical topics:
1. Forestry economics
2. Natural climate solutions and offsetting
3. Regulatory best practices
A. Supply & Demand
B. Sustainable Forest Management Globally
A. Balancing Carbon Storage and Product Extraction
B. Measuring & Monitoring
NATURAL CLIMATE SOLUTIONS AND OFFSETTING
REGULATORY BEST PRACTICES
A. Multi-Stakeholder Consensus Building
B. Effective Communication
BIOMASS & THE CIRCULAR BIOECONOMY