While wind and solar power are playing an increasingly important role in decarbonising the energy economy, bioenergy – wood and other organic biomass – is still the main source of renewable energy in the EU. Forestry remains the main element of biomass for energy, either as wood residue (wood chips, sawdust and waste wood) or fuelwood. Wood pellets, mainly for heating and electricity production, have also become an important energy source.

Wood energy featured prominently in last week’s conference “Bioenergy – inspiring the industry with opportunity and vision”, though the event also addressed other bioenergy crops and opportunities, including biogas and biofuels to achieve renewable energy targets in heat, transport and electricity.