Introduction to the publication

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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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