09 Jan 2015

New EurObserv’ER solid biomass barometer 2014

Primary energy production, gross electricity consumption and heat consumption from solid biomass in the European Union in 2013

The new EurObserv’ER solid biomass barometer has been released.

Consumption of solid biomass in the European Union increased once again in 2013, this time by 2.9 Mtoe year -on-year to 91.5 Mtoe. However there was no straight out trend as the increase in demand for solid biomass energy was particularly sharp in France and the UK and to a lesser degree in Spain and in Italy, in deep contrast with the needs of a number of major wood-energy consumers, such as Sweden and Poland, whose consumption slipped.

European Union biomass electricity production increased by 1.8% in 2013 to 81.7 TWh or about 1.5 TWh more than in 2012. Growth in solid biomass heat was slightly higher in the European Union (2.7% up on 2012) and reached 72.4 Mtoe (1.9 Mtoe more than in 2012), and this with an increase in solid biomass sales to heating networks by 2.5%.

The full press release is available here.