Bioenergy Europe released on October 17, 2023, its 2023 Statistical Report Pellets and accompanying Policy Brief. The report analyses the state of play of the pellet sector and finds that despite the geopolitical upheaval in Ukraine, the European Union (EU) maintains its status as world leader with 52 percent of total consumption.
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The geopolitical crisis and the EU sanctions against Russia made 2022 an exceptional year for the pellet market. Fluctuations in pellet prices significantly grew due to flow disruptions from Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.
Responding to this supply scarcity, many EU countries reduced their pellet exports and increased their internal production from 19.83 million tonnes in 2021 to over 20.5 million tonnes in 2022 (44 percent of the world’s pellet production), thanks to the opening of 55 new production sites the report finds.
The European Union (EU) maintains its status as world leader with 52 percent of total consumption. Pellets are an important component of the defossilization of the EU economy. It is a sustainable solution that already today displaces fossil fuels and contributes to the EU’s climate and energy goals.
Considering the demand in the residential and industrial sectors, there is still significant room for expansion of sustainable pellet production in Europe. Government incentives and subsidies for renewable energy can stimulate pellet consumption and some European countries are already implementing policies to promote the use of biomass as part of their decarbonisation strategies.
In addition, advancements in pellet production technology, such as improved pelletizing processes and higher-quality standards, can enhance the efficiency and competitiveness of the pellet industry and boost European production.
ENplus a success
In this regard, the ENplus fuel quality certification scheme has been a success for over ten years, ensuring wood pellet quality by guaranteeing it over the entire supply chain (i.e. from production to end-user delivery).
In 2022, around 13.6 million tonnes of pellets were certified by the system in 50 countries all over the world.
By harnessing the potential of pellets, we substitute fossil fuels and strengthen our energy security. By relying on a resource that is readily available within our borders, we enhance our resilience to external disruptions, ensuring a stable and consistent energy supply for our citizens, said Jean-Marc Jossart, Secretary General, Bioenergy Europe.