Sustainable Biomass Markets and International Trade to support the biobased economy

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IEA Bioenergy Task 40: Sustainable International Bioenergy Trade, commonly abbreviated Task 40, was established under the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Implementing Agreement in December 2003 with the aim of focusing on international bioenergy technology potential, barriers, and trade as well as its wider implications.






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Global Wood Pellet Industry and Trade Study 2017

Download | The report Global Wood Pellet Industry Market published in 2011 has always been the most downloaded document of IEA Bioenergy Task 40. We have decided to update the report and bring new insights on market trends and trade of the global wood pellets.

The global wood pellet market has increased dramatically since 2011, with an average increase
rate of 14% per year. New countries have entered the market for both, pellet production (such as those from South-East Europe) and pellet consumption (such as East Asia). Also the global wood pellet trade increased. Intercontinental flows are dominated by the trade relation between the U.S. and the UK, while the non-industrial use is still mainly an intra-European business.

Socio-economic assessment of forestry production for a developing pellet sector: The case of Santa Catarina in Brazil. 

Download| In Brazil, the forestry sector grew strongly due to a very low starting point and shows positive results in its development, which could be explained by the close relationship between the forestry industry and the local communities. Selected criteria, index and indicators were applied in a selected region in Santa Catarina, Brazil. The secondary data was gathered from industry and government sources and combined with primary data gathered from in-depth interviews and visits to the region. In Santa Catarina there is availability of resources from the forestry production but the pellet production sector is yet incipient and mainly for regional use. Santa Catarina represents 8.5% of the country’s total planted forests, having 82% of that area covered with pine. Wood production mainly supplies the pulp and paper industry, as well as the timber industry. More specifically, the area studied in this report (Lages) represents 60% of the wood production in the state.

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