All subjects
Pellets & Solid Fuels

ENplus-certified production projected to pass 14.5 million tonnes in 2024

ENplus-certified production projected to pass 14.5 million tonnes in 2024
Worldwide production of ENplus-certified pellets from 2011 to 2023, and estimation for 2024 (graphic courtesy EPC).

ENplus, the world-leading certification scheme for wood pellet quality, reports increasing demand from outside Europe. Over 13.6 million tonnes of wood pellets was certified in 2023, while the certified production 2024 is projected to surpass 14.5 million tonnes according to estimations submitted by certified producers to the European Pellet Council (EPC).

Germany remains ahead of other countries with a solid lead of almost 3.7 million tonnes of ENplus certified pellets produced in 2023.

The runner-up is Austria, which increased its annual certified production by 100,000 tonnes to more than 1.6 million tonnes. France comes third, followed closely by Spain in fourth place.

The Top 5 list of countries with the largest certified pellet output for 2023 is completed by Belgium with almost 600,000 tonnes of certified pellets.

Growing in Brazil, China, and Japan

The certification scheme continues gaining popularity outside Europe. In the past few months, the number of pellet producers with active certification in Brazil has increased to over 30.

This led to the organization of the scheme’s first training in the country, dedicated to the quality managers of the certified companies.

Less than a year after joining the list of countries where the certification scheme is present, China has eight certified pellet producers and one certified pellet trader, and Japan has its first two certified pellet traders.

As of May 2024, the country with the most ENplus-certified pellet producers is Poland where the market seems to embrace the certification more than ever.

Despite the war in Ukraine, the country is another example of an increasing number of newly issued certificates.

Pushing against fraud

Agnieszka Jankowska, ENplus Senior Certification and Fraud Officer, Bioenergy Europe here discussing fraud at the 2nd European Pellet Forum held in Nantes, France in May 2024.

In the past year, the ENplus management invested extra efforts and closed more than 150 cases of fraud, which led to the achievement of another milestone – over 1,100 fraud cases have been identified and resolved in total.

Additionally, the blacklist where all fraudulent entities are exposed to the public has also been updated and now includes over 300 companies that should not be trusted.

This year the scheme´s management pays special attention to the companies who were among the first to join the scheme and have remained loyal over a decade.

Their inspirational stories, good practices, and impact on the local economy are shared through a dedicated series that can be followed via the scheme´s website and digital communications channels.

Most read on Bioenergy International

Get the latest news about Bioenergy

Subscribe for free to our newsletter
Sending request
I accept that Bioenergy International stores and handles my information.
Read more about our integritypolicy here