Entrepreneur Of The Year US National Award winner

John Keppler | Enviva Partners, LP

john-keppler

Enviva Partners, LP

John Keppler
CEO and Co-Founder
Founded: 2004

While many companies aspire to address climate change by pledging to commit to net-zero emissions and reduce their carbon footprint, John Keppler has made tackling climate change Enviva’s founding purpose.

This ambition has fueled the company’s rise as the world’s largest producer of sustainable wood pellets, a renewable energy resource that can help energy producers displace coal. When used in that manner, sustainably sourced wood pellets can help reduce carbon emissions by more than 85% on a lifecycle basis.

Since 2004, Enviva has grown from a small startup into a global organization that employs more than 1,000 people and produces nearly 5.3 million metric tons of wood pellets annually. To sustain its operations, the company owns and operates nine wood processing plants, exporting wood pellets to global power and heat generators in Europe and Japan through five deepwater export terminals.

In its efforts to fight climate change, Keppler and Enviva also promote sustainable forest management policies. Forest restoration not only helps to create a strong market for low-value wood in the US, but it also increases the number of trees that can absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. To that end, Enviva has partnered with landowners to develop forest management plans and enroll their land in forest management certification programs.

Since its inception, Enviva has certified over 91,000 acres of forest land and conserved more than 22,000 acres through the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund. Overall, forest inventory in areas where Enviva sources its biomass has increased by 400 million metric tons.

While restoring forests and developing sustainable biomass energy sources are only two fronts in the global effort to address climate change, Keppler and Enviva have embraced their purpose as they help the world meet the commitment to phase out coal and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.