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European lawmakers battle over whether to limit wood pellets for energy
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European lawmakers battle over whether to limit wood pellets for energy

A European Parliament effort to roll back policies and subsidies that encourage burning wood pellets for energy has suffered a potential setback. The parliament’s business committee, known as ITRE, voted last week to uphold the current policies that treat wood pellets as a carbon-neutral alternative to coal. That countered a vote in May by the...

Europe is experiencing record forest fires
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Europe is experiencing record forest fires

Wildfire conditions in Europe are intensifying, just as Europe experiences an unprecedented heatwave. Fires in parts of France, Spain, and Portugal have already destroyed more land in 2022 than in all of 2021. To date, 517,881 hectares—or the equivalent areas of Trinidad and Tobago—have been destroyed. Jesus San Miguel, the coordinator of the European Union’s...

Overview of current trends in the European timber industry
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Overview of current trends in the European timber industry

At the members’ meeting of the European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) on 24 June in Amsterdam, the current market situation and the outlook for the rest of the year were intensively discussed. In the member countries, business has been very good in the first and partly also in the second quarter, this is especially true...

Mounting concern over European wood supply
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Mounting concern over European wood supply

After announcing a ban on imports of wood products from Russia and Belarus in April, Estonia finally resisted the impact of the wood shortage, and announced in early June that it would ease logging restrictions on state-owned forests. This has increased Estonia’s harvestable area by nearly 25 percent. Finland is expected to increase its harvest by 3%...

Pellet prices considerably higher in Western Europe on a year ago
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Pellet prices considerably higher in Western Europe on a year ago

Due to the Ukraine war, around 10% of pellets are missing on the world market. This primarily affects power plants that produce electricity with pellets, but the heating industry is also affected and is feeling the increased demand due to higher prices for imported pellets. Thus, the price of wood pellets is considerably higher in some...

European wood-based panel industry faces a very challenging situation due to supply issues
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European wood-based panel industry faces a very challenging situation due to supply issues

European wood-based panel production was up 10% in 2021, according to new stats shared at the European Panel Federation’s AGM in Ghent. More than 100 delegates converged in the Belgian city for the first time since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic to hear the EPF describe market dynamics in the European panel industry. The...

Will the production of wood pellets be stopped in Russia due to sanctions?
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Will the production of wood pellets be stopped in Russia due to sanctions?

Starting July 10, the Russian wood pellet exports to Europe will be completely stopped. From this date, EU sanctions will come into effect, limiting the supply of wood products from Russia and Belarus. This is the main market for Russian companies. In 2021 the European Union accounted for 80% of Russian wood pellet exports, supplies...

Because of sanctions against Russia, firewood is becoming a new energy source for European countries
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Because of sanctions against Russia, firewood is becoming a new energy source for European countries

The surge in gas and electricity prices has sparked interest in Europe for a long-forgotten fuel, common firewood. Excessive demand for firewood spans the continent, from the Baltic states to the UK. Firewood is becoming the “new oil” for Europeans, which is causing some new social phenomena in the EU. A particularly prominent situation has...

European buyers showing more interest in African timbers
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European buyers showing more interest in African timbers

Producers in the Central/West African region are reporting firm demand for padouk, okoume, ovangkol and even gheombi, a timber that was not common in the market until a year ago. Gheombi is used for door manufacturing. The timber has dark streaks but this is apparently appreciated in the Chinese market. As a result of the...

European plywood market will be taken over by Brazil, as Russia is out
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European plywood market will be taken over by Brazil, as Russia is out

Russia, as a major producer and exporter of birch plywood, is a major supplier to European countries. Data show that Russia’s share of the European plywood market has increased from 46% in 2017 to 56% in 2020; and by 2021, Russia will export about 2.1 million cubic meters of plywood to EU countries, with an...