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UNECE/FAO Joint Wood Energy Enquiry Capacity Building Workshop

11 - 13 June 2012

Paris, France

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.

Meeting Summary

Salle Gambetta, Ministry of Agriculture, Paris, France.

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.



Provisional Agenda

Final Programme

Joint Wood Energy Enquiry 2011 English Russian (latest version)

Joint Wood Energy Enquiry 2011 Manual (latest version)

To learn more about the Joint Wood Energy Enquiry, click here





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





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