On June 12, the first ENplus conference was held in Munich, together with the 14th Pellets Industry Forum and parallel with Intersolar Europe. The German Pellet Institute (DEPI), which helped develop the ENplus standard, was invited.
In German-speaking countries, the commercial structures for pellets are the most highly developed, with 142 ENplus-certified dealers. They were, together with ENplus-certified pellet producers, in the focus of the conference. A third of the 128 participants were international experts. Presentations have shown a high level of interest on the market developments in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Dr. Christian Rakos, President of the European Pellet Council (EPC), said that now there are 240 producers and 250 dealers certified in 35 countries. ENplus is therefore also the basis of international quality in the pellet industry. Just under a quarter of the pellets produced worldwide in 2014 were under the ENplus certification.
The basis of the certification program is the ENplus handbook. Its innovations of September 2014 were presented by Jakob Bosch (DEPI). The main changes concern the new international quality standard for pellets (ISO 17225-2), which was published last year.
The ENplus certification programme in 2010, developed by the German Energy Wood and Pellet Association (DEPV), and the German Biomass Research Center (DBFZ) in cooperation with proPellets Austria should focus more on wood fuels, wood briquettes and wood chips said, Martin Behr of DEPI.
The attractiveness of the ENplus certification has a dark side, explained Jan Schlaffke (DEPI), with many cases of trade infringement. Both the DEPI and the EPC regularly pursued cases of improper use of signs- which of course emphazises the attractiveness of the ENplus as a marketing tool.