Woodfuel and pellets
The sawmill survey and survey of round fencing manufacturers were extended in 2008 to request data on woodfuel sales and use from all sawmills and round fencing manufacturers, with data requested on:
- sales to bioenergy;
- sales as firewood and
- internal use for heat/ energy.
Previously, this information was only asked of larger mills (those producing at least 10 thousand m3 sawnwood), although sales to bioenergy was introduced onto the questionnaire for smaller mills in 2006.
The following page provides data on woodfuel from the sawmill survey and survey of round fencing manufacturers.
In addition, estimates of roundwood used directly for woodfuel are provided in tables 2.6 and 2.7.
Estimates of recycled wood used for woodfuel are produced annually by the Wood Recyclers' Association. In 2010, it is estimated that 551 thousand tonnes of recycled wood were used for woodfuel, an increase of 11% from the 2009 estimate of 495 thousand tonnes.
Results from a survey of woodfuel suppliers, run in Spring 2009, were provided in Forestry Statistics 2009.
An estimated total of 197 thousand tonnes of wood pellets and briquettes were produced in the UK in 2010, an increase of 67% from the 2009 total of 118 thousand tonnes. Not all of these pellets and briquettes will have been used for woodfuel.
Use the links on the right to access data and further information on sources on woodfuel.