DI Andreas Haider (DW -66, Email)
The certification scheme „ENplus: Quality Certification Scheme For Wood Pellets“, is an international quality assurance system for the production and logistics of wood pellets. Licenser for ENplus is the European Pellet Council (EPC) and the responsible national licensers – for Austria e.g. proPellets Austria. The aim is to guarantee the smooth operation of small scale heating appliances with ENplus certified wood pellets through strict requirements concerning pellet quality as well as a comprehensive control of the whole pellet supply chain from production over distribution to the end-consumer. Maximal transparency and a continuous surveillance of the pellet quality are guaranteed using regular internal inspections, a system of retain samples and documentation obligations.
A valid ENplus certificate attests that the respective company fulfils all the requirements of ENplus and that continuous surveillance inspections are carried out by an external inspection body. The conformity of the wood pellet production and the wood pellet trade with ENplus is therefore granted by the certification body Holzforschung Austria.
Labeling of ENplus certified pellets on bag labels or delivery documents is implemented in a way that end-consumers can control origin and quality class of their pellets easily. The origin of the pellets is stated transparently by an individual identification number for every producer and trader, the so called “ENplus ID”. The ENplus ID has five characters - the country code of the respective producer or trader in combination with a tree-digit number - and is allocated by the European Pellet Council (EPC) or the responsible national licenser in the course of initial certification. To serve transparency and traceability the ENplus ID is stated on every ENplus certificate additionally to the individual ENplus certificate number of Holzforschung Austria. Furthermore every certificate contains the specification if the wood pellets meet quality class A1 or quality class A2. Both quality classes stand for a high quality product with defined properties but for quality class A2 a higher content of ash is allowed.