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.



Public policy instruments to support sustainable wood energy

Public policy influencing wood energy markets in the UNECE region encompasses numerous objectives. Beyond the promotion of renewable energy generation, policy in the UNECE region has been commonly structured to: (i) support energy diversification and security, (ii) foster economic development, (iii) reduce anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, (iv) enhance forest health, (v) increase efficiency along energy pathways, among others. UNECE member States have implemented diverse policy instruments reflecting these objectives, prevalent governance and administrative structures, and available resources.


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