EU pellet demand to continue increase

By Staff | September 01, 2014

The European Union has filed its annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, reporting that heat and power production from biomass could account for about 45 percent of renewables in 2020. This includes 37 percent of renewables use in the heating and cooling sector, and 8 percent of renewables use in electricity production.


Wood pellet demand is expected to grow from 17.5 million metric tons last year to 21 million metric tons in 2015. Pellet imports are also expected to grow, from 6.05 million metric tons in 2013 to 8.5 million metric tons in 2015. According to the report, if trade flows remain consistent with current patterns, the U.S. could supply half of that import volume.


Germany is currently the EU’s top pellet producer, with 2.35 million metric tons expected to be manufactured this year. The U.K., however, is Europe’s top pellet consumer, with an estimated 5 million metric tons expected to be consumed this year.