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.



Sustainable levels of wood fuel removals

Procurement of wood for energy projects can be an integral element of sustainable development efforts. However, removal of wood fuel can have adverse impacts. Adverse impacts might occur within the lands from which wood energy feedstocks are removed but also off-site. For instance, excessive wood removals can lead to deforestation, degradation and biodiversity losses, depletion of nutrient stocks, and deterioration of soil quality. Off-site impacts might be associated to erosion and consequent effects on water quality. Aggregate impacts of mismanagement of forests can have larger landscape effects that could imperil forests’ wildlife habitat functions.


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