The dynamics of the global wood pellet markets and trade – key regions, developments and impact factors
Authors: Daniela Thrän, Kay Schaubach, David Peetz, Martin Junginger, Thuy Mai‐Moulin, Fabian Schipfer, Olle Olsson and Patrick Lamers
Type of publication: Article peer review
The global pellet market is growing but with different characteristics in different countries and regions. In this paper we trace developments between 2008 and 2016. For 2008, production was reported at 9.8 Tg, expanding globally to 14.3 Tg in 2010 and surpassing 26 Tg in 2015. Global hot spots are North America (production) and Europe (consumption). Sustainability certification was applied for about 9 Tg in 2016. Nevertheless, projections for future development are difficult as low pellet prices and uncertain sustainability obligations may hinder further expansion. In general, there is a strong dependency of the pellet market on the policy framework.
Thrän, D., Schaubach, K., Peetz, D., Junginger, M., Mai‐Moulin, T., Schipfer, F., Olsson, O. and Lamers, P. (2019), The dynamics of the global wood pellet markets and trade – key regions, developments and impact factors. Biofuels, Bioprod. Bioref., 13: 267-280. DOI 10.1002/bbb.1910