The UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section in collaboration with the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Commission (EC) decided in June 2006 to develop and launch a "Joint Wood Energy Enquiry.
Wood energy data are often scattered or lost within renewable energy statistics, making it difficult to assess and evaluate the real role of wood as a renewable source of energy.
The Enquiry aims at improving knowledge and understanding of wood energy consumption and tries to shed light on the potential and future perspective of wood energy in the region.
It collects data of both sources and uses of wood and promotes cooperation between the energy and forest sectors, providing a comprehensive framework on the role of wood energy in Member States.
2011 Joint Wood Energy Enquiry
According to the results of the Joint Wood Energy Enquiry 2011:
Situation in 2011
Overall wood energy accounts for 3.3% of the total primary energy supply and 38.4% of the renewable energy supply in 28 UNECE member countries in 2011, confirming its role as the leading source of renewable energy. And around 40% of all mobilized woody biomass supply is used for energy purposes. (28 countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States)
Main trends 2007-2011
It was possible to identify trends in the use of wood energy and to provide a comparison by selecting a subset of 13 countries that have responded to consecutive rounds of the enquiry (13 countries: Austria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom). Between 2007 and 2011, the volume of wood used for energy purposes within this group of countries grew from 207 to 242 million m3, an annual growth of 4%. The role of wood in total primary energy supply increased slightly from 4.3% to 5.4% while the share of wood energy among renewable energy sources increased from 49.8% to 51.4%.
Information on previous enquiries can be found here.
For information on UNECE/FAO wood energy activities please consult this page.
For any questions concerning the enquiry please write to Wood Energy.