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Modern Wood Energy Systems Offer Best Solution for Renewable Energy in Europe

Published: 23 September 2008

Geneva

Wood energy is the best and most important solution for renewable heat generation in Europe, with modern burning technologies efficient enough to meet the highest environmental standards.

Romania and other South-East European countries are, however, not currently achieving their wood energy potential because of a lack of domestic markets and policy support to develop such markets – in spite of the broad use of firewood in rural areas. This is evidenced by the growing volumes of wood pellets and briquettes that are being exported to Western Europe.

These were the key conclusions of the workshop on “Modern Wood Energy Systems and Markets – an Opportunity for South-East Europe” organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the Romanian National Forest Administration (Romsilva), in Timisoara on 16-17 September.

The workshop successfully raised awareness of wood as a clean energy source thanks to the benefits of modern wood-burning technology. During the two day meeting, participants from South-East and Western Europe shared experiences on successful, economic conversion of fossil fuel-fired plants, district heating and small-scale units. The event also served to draw attention to the sustainable forest management undertaken in Romania and other South-East European countries.

The broad-reaching conclusions of the event included:

The UNECE/FAO conducts workshops to improve marketing and use of forest products, including wood energy, in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of ensuring environmental sustainability.

The UNECE/FAO conducts workshops to improve marketing and use of forest products, including wood energy, in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of ensuring environmental sustainability. While the proceedings of the workshop are being published, the presentations and additional information are available at the workshop website: www.unece.org/timber/workshops/2008/timisoara/timisoara.html

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Ed Pepke

Forest Products Marketing Specialist
UNECE/FAO Timber Section
UNECE Trade and Timber Division
Palais des Nations
CH - 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Phone:     +41 (0) 22 917 2872
Fax:          +41 (0) 22 917 0041
E-mail:     info.timber@unece.org

Website:  www.unece.org/timber/welcome.html

Ref: ECE/TIM/08/P04


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