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Apparent consumption of wood in the UK

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Apparent consumption is the amount of timber used as wood and wood products by people and industries in the United Kingdom. It is calculated as total United Kingdom production plus imports, minus exports. Apparent consumption differs from actual consumption by the extent of changes in the level of stocks. It is not practical to collect information on actual consumption.

As table 3.1 covers a broad range of products (including secondary processed wood products), volumes are expressed in wood raw material equivalent (WRME) underbark.  WRME volumes represent the amount of wood that would have been required to make the product.

UK production of roundwood totalled 10.8 million m3 WRME underbark in 2016 (Table 3.1). A further 49.8 million m3 WRME underbark of wood and wood products were imported to the UK and 3.9 million m3 WRME underbark were exported, giving apparent consumption of 56.7 million m3 WRME underbark. This represented a 2% increase in apparent consumption from the previous year, equalling the previous peak in 2007. These figures exclude recycled wood and recovered paper (see Table 3.3 for statistics on recovered paper).

Imports accounted for 82% of all wood (production + imports) in the UK in 2016.

Table 3.1 Apparent consumption of wood1 in the UK, 2007-2016

Year

UK production2

Imports

Exports

Apparent
Consumption

million m3 WRME underbark

2007

9.0 54.5 6.8 56.7

2008

8.4 46.3 5.3 49.4

2009

8.6 39.5

4.2

44.0

2010

9.6 41.6

5.5

45.8

2011

10.0 40.6

5.2

45.5

2012

10.1 39.6

6.5

43.2

2013

10.8 42.2

6.2

46.8

2014

11.2 47.0

4.8

53.4

2015

10.6 49.3

4.1

55.8

2016

10.8 49.8

3.9

56.7

Source: industry surveys, industry associations, UK overseas trade statistics (HM Revenue & Customs) and conversion factors to Wood Raw Material Equivalent (WRME).

Notes:

1. Excludes recovered paper.

2. UK production of roundwood is estimated from deliveries to wood processing industries and others, as in tables 2.5 and 2.6.

Figure 3.1 Apparent consumption of wood1 in the UK, 1999-2016

Figure 3.1 Apparent consumption of wood in the UK, 1999-2015

Source: industry surveys, industry associations, UK overseas trade statistics (HM Revenue & Customs) and conversion factors to Wood Raw Material Equivalent (WRME).

Notes:

1. Excludes recovered paper.

2. UK production of roundwood is estimated from deliveries to wood processing industries and others, as in tables 2.5 and 2.6.

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