Report: Italian wood pellet consumption expected to grow

By Erin Voegele | September 08, 2017

Italy recently filed a report on its wood pellet market with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, predicting its use of wood pellets will reach 5 million metric tons in 2020.

According to the report, Italy currently consumes approximately 3 million metric tons of wood pellets annually, with domestic consumption accounting for 96 percent of total use. The use of wood pellets is currently expected to increase, reaching 5 million metric tons by 2020.

Only 15 percent of domestic pellet demand in Italy is currently met by domestic production. The country currently imports approximately 85 percent of the pellets it consumes. Last year, Italy imported 1.66 million metric tons of wood pellets, primarily from Austria, Croatia, Germany, Slovenia, France and Czech Republic.

Almost all the wood pellets consumed in Italy are sold in bags. The report estimates no more than 20,000 metric tons are sold as bulk pellets transported with silo trucks. Pellets are mainly sold in retail stores, with approximately 6 percent sold online.

The report shows Italy imported approximately 62,710 tons of wood pellets from Canada last year, down from 85,349 tons in 2015 and 229,180 tons in 2014. The report does not indicate Italy imported any pellets from the U.S. last year.