Global wood pellet demand is rapidly expanding as consumers, businesses and regulators look for alternatives to fossil fuels. Globally, wood pellet demand is projected to grow from an estimated 23 million tonnes in 2014 to 50 million tonnes in 2024. These and other key findings were released today in a new study by RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry.
“It’s a really exciting time to be looking at the wood pellet market. We’re seeing strong demand in the European heating sector as high energy prices drive consumers to look for fuel alternatives. Also, policies that promote the generation of renewable energy are spurring the use of pellets as a substitution for coal in power plants,” said Seth Walker, Author and Bioenergy Economist at RISI. “Additionally, Korea and Japan are beginning to enter the market, creating a greater impact on global trade flows. Right now we’re getting a small taste of what the market is going to look like in 10 years,” continued Walker.
Global Pellet Demand Outlook Study analyzes and forecasts growing wood pellet markets through 2024 by region. This study focuses on the European industrial market, European heating market, North American heating market, and Asian industrial market. Global Pellet Demand Outlook Study provides forecasts for: European Industrial Markets Including Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom European Heating Markets Including Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden Asian Industrial Markets Korea and Japan North American Markets The United States and Canada Industrial users analyzed in this study include: Dong Energy, Drax, E.ON, GDF Suez, KEPCO subsidiaries, Ontario Power Generation, RWE, and Showa Shell.
RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. The company works with clients in the pulp and paper, wood products, timber, biomass, tissue, nonwovens, printing and publishing industries to help them make better decisions. Headquartered in Boston, MA, RISI operates additional offices throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.
Source: RISI, press release, 2014-09-02.