Stakeholders hold Pellet Summit atop a Swiss mountain
Representatives from over 50 companies and organisations from all across Europe have converged in Switzerland for Pellet Summit 2018, a two-day ascent of the Wildhorn mountain to highlight the concrete impact of climate change on the environment while promoting the use of wood pellets as an effective way to fight it.
In 2017, 24 million tonnes of wood pellets were consumed for energy in the European Union (EU), displacing the equivalent of 70 million barrels of oil. A sustainable and renewable biomass fuel, year-on-year growth in demand sees wood pellets establishing itself as a credible alternative to fossil fuels in the global fight against climate change.
First held in 2013, this innovative take on awareness-raising was initiated by German pellet producer and renewable energy provider MANN Naturenergie GmbH & Co. KG. With 50 percent of energy demand in Europe based on technologies that are decades old, inefficient, polluting and accelerating climate change, hosting an event at a location with melting glaciers, the impacts of climate change and the necessity of decarbonizing the heat sector are brought to the fore.