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 2.5 and 2.6.
Results from a survey of woodfuel suppliers, run in Spring 2009, were provided in Forestry Statistics 2009.
Recycled wood used for woodfuel
Estimates of recycled wood used for woodfuel are produced annually by the Wood Recyclers' Association. In 2011, it is estimated that 594 thousand tonnes of recycled wood were used for woodfuel, an increase of 8% from the 2010 estimate of 551 thousand tonnes and continuing the upward trend from the 2009 estimate of 495 thousand tonnes.
Pellet and briquette manufacture
Wood pellets and briquettes are processed wood products that can be made from roundwood, sawmill products and/or recycled wood. Some of the wood used to make wood pellets and briquettes will be accounted for elsewhere in this release. Wood pellets and briquettes are often used for woodfuel, but pellets may also be used for other purposes (such as horse bedding or cat litter).
A total of 244 thousand tonnes of wood pellets and briquettes are estimated to have been produced in the UK in 2011. This represents an increase of 24% from the 2010 estimate of 197 thousand tonnes and continuing the upward trend from the 2009 estimate of 118 thousand tonnes.