Virginia Economic Review: Second Quarter 2021

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An Exporter’s View of International Trade A Conversation With John Keppler

John Keppler is chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Enviva, the world’s largest producer of woody biomass and one of Virginia’s largest exporters out of its private terminal in the city of Chesapeake. Enviva’s sustainable wood pellets, made from low-value wood, are sourced from regions where the carbon stocks of the forests are stable or increasing, and with a requirement that landowners intend to return their land back to forests after harvest. VEDP President and CEO Stephen Moret spoke with Keppler about the company’s unique export profile, its commitment to sustainable forestry practices, and the quest to get to net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

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