Good practice guidance on the sustainable mobilisation of wood in Europe

  • May 05, 2015
According to the study on wood availability and demand11, developed by UNECE/FAO, the University of Hamburg and partners in 2007, the increasing demands for woody biomass will intensify competition for wood supply, in view of the growing requirements from both bioenergy and the forest products industries. The study projected, based on recent rates of increase, that for the years 2010 and 2020 more wood (respectively 185 million (M) m3 and 448 M m3) would be required to meet the estimated wood demands (Table 1). A further estimation was made for 2020, based on a lower (75%) projection, allowing for more rapid interim growth of the contribution from other biomass sources, such as agricultural crops and residues, and municipal waste.

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