Wood Energy in the ECE Region

Data, Trends and Outlook in Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States and North America

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This publication highlights the use of wood for energy and includes the most recent statistics on wood energy markets across the UNECE region. It aims to communicate the relevance of wood energy in the region and help bridge information about the forest and energy sectors. It also intends to offer some of the best-available information on the role that wood energy can play in various sectors to support environmental, energy, and socio-economic strategies toward a greener economy. It focuses on commercial wood energy uses in the UNECE including energy generated for cooking, heating and electricity generation.



Introduction to the publication

Wood is a major source of renewable energy in the UNECE region offering a scalable, flexible and, in many instances, the only reliable source of energy. Wood energy is used by households (34.6%), the wood-processing industry (39.3%), power and heat (19.6%) and other sectors (4.1%) as per the 2015 data from the Joint Wood Energy Enquiry (JWEE), led by the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section. Beyond helping meet energy demands, wood energy has historically contributed to wellbeing by bringing people together, back to nature and its use is included in many cultural traditions - although inefficient combustion can have detrimental consequences to human health.


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