Improving Wood Energy Data for Better Policy Making
This meeting is aimed at improving wood energy information in the UNECE region. It is open by invitation only.
Recent studies have shown that more wood is used for energy than previously estimated, and that a substantial part of this comes from non-forest resources such as industrial co-products, landscape care wood and recovered wood.
Strong political support has seen wood energy markets grow notwithstanding the economic downturn and the consequent sharp decline in demand for forest products. Wood is currently the principal source of renewable energy in the UNECE region, accounting for about half of all renewable energy consumption. In addition to addressing climate and energy commitments, wood energy has the potential to create new job opportunities in rural areas by stimulating wood harvesting and processing and the development of wood fuel markets and trade opportunities.
A major objective in energy policy in Europe and beyond is to increase the share of renewable energies: ambitious targets have been agreed and incentives have been put in place in several countries. National renewable energy action plans specifying how these targets will be achieved have been drawn up in all European Union member states: similar plans exist for most other European countries or are being developed.
For wood and paper products production, most countries have reliable information available for the current and expected wood fibre supply and demand. On the other hand, wood energy statistics are often scattered among different entities and integrated within statistics on energy from renewables and waste. Energy statistics typically focus on the consumption and transformation side rather than the underlying supply patterns and origin of fuels. Developing reliable statistics on the sources and uses of wood energy is thus a highly cross-sectoral and complex exercise.
The UNECE/FAO Joint Wood Energy Enquiry addresses this information gap by providing a framework for dialogue and cooperation between all relevant wood energy stakeholders. The Joint Wood Energy Enquiry provides specific information on the origin and amount of wood energy consumed by different users. This knowledge allows decision makers to enhance socio-economic welfare by reducing conflicts between energy and material use while guaranteeing the fulfillment of renewable energy targets and sustainable forest management commitments. Reliable statistics are fundamental for policy formulation at both national and international level.
The UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section supplemented its analytical work with capacity-building activities. Thanks to the generous support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, the French Ministry of Sustainable Development and the FAO Forestry Department, over 60 participants from 23 countries and 8 international organizations met in Paris on the premises of the Ministry of Agriculture from 11 to 13 June 2012 at a UNECE/FAO workshop on “Improving Wood Energy Data for Better Policy Making”. Participants discussed the reliability of current wood energy data and identified the weaknesses and constraints. Countries shared experiences, tools and solutions for improving data. A growing network of correspondents and experts is being established as improving data requires constant communication between all stakeholders at both the national and international level.
The next UNECE/FAO Joint Wood Energy Enquiry will be issued in autumn 2012, collecting wood energy data for the year 2011.
Arnaud Brizay, UNECE/FAO
Purpose and objective of the workshop
Introduction to Energy Statistics: their role in policy and decision making
Jean-Yves Garnier, International Energy Agency
International Perspective: Importance of Good Statistics for Sound Policy Making
Marilise Wolf-Crowther, EU, DG Eurostat
The EU's statistical outlook for wood supply and demand – meeting sustainability and competitiveness goals
Milka Mumovic, Energy Community
European perspective: supporting the Non-EU Member States
Olivier de Guibert French Ministry of Sustainable Development
National perspective: importance of woody biomass to reach the 2020 target
Overview of the Joint Wood Energy Enquiry: development, purpose, structure, results
Alex McCusker, UNECE/FAO
History and Development
Florian Steierer, FAO
Purpose and structure
David Ellul, UNECE/FAO
Results JWEE 2005, 2007, 2009
National case study
Michel-Paul Morel Alain Thivolle-Cazat, France
National approach to the JWEE
Tools for wood energy statistics
Branko Glavonjic Serbia
Using FAO Technical Cooperation Projects
Manfred Gollner, Austria
Household survey, quality standards for fuel wood, conversion factors
Esa Ylitalo, Finland
Surveying fuelwood consumption in Finland
Holger Weimar, Germany
A fundamental approach on collecting information to answer the question: How much wood is burnt?
Mati Valgepea, Estonia
Shortcuts to Developing Information
Matti Parikka, Sweden
Wood Energy Data Situation in Sweden