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WF Forestry


Systemic wood resource monitoring

Lead Institute WF Institute of Forestry

Systemic wood resource monitoring - Material and energetic demand for wood

Wood is one of the most important renewable resources in Germany. But who uses this resource? How is the supply of the different assortments? Available statistics do show considerable gaps of information.

Background and Objective

In the year 1999 the project “location of the timber industry” was started. It is actually continued in a broader framework with the title “resource monitoring”. It aims at identifying production capacities and raw material demand of the wood processing industry in Germany (saw mills, panel mills, pulp mills). Furthermore all other areas of the sources and the uses of the raw material of wood (recovered wood, urban wood, short rotation coppice (SRC), biomass power and heating plants, BTL, chemical raw material, private households) are monitored regularly.

The conducted surveys also allow the description of regional wood flows for most market segments. All resource flows are included in a wood raw material balance sheet, which meanwhile is calculated back to the year 1987. After completion of the project in 2021, the Thünen Institute will take over the lead of the wood resource monitoring project, so that in the future a new permanent task arises. For this purpose, we will build on the work, which was done at the University of Hamburg under Prof. Udo Mantau, the company INFRO and the Thünen Institute.

Target Group


As a basis separate analyses of the sectors of supply and use of the resource wood are conducted. Our methodology is as follows: We survey consumers regarding their use of the wood raw materials. The different mass flows are brought together in the wood resource balance. A specific focus is laid on sectors which not covered by official statistics (e. g. wood energy market, private households). But also in markets which are covered by statistics additional information is necessary, e. g. on the mix of wood raw material assortments or if only parts of the whole sector are covered (e. g. sawmills are only covered by official statistics when having at least ten employees). For the continuation of the project various concepts will be developed and evaluated.

Preliminary Results


Dr. Holger Weimar

+49 40 739 62 314

Involved external Thünen-Partners

Funding Body

  • Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR)
    (national, öffentlich)


12.2018 - 6.2022

More Information

Project funding number: 22017018
Funding program: FNR
Project status: ongoing

List of Publications

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    Saal U, Iost S, Weimar H (2022) Supply of wood processing residues - a basic calculation approach and its application on the example of wood packaging. Hamburg: Thünen Institute of Forestry, 1 p, Project Brief Thünen Inst 2022/17a, DOI:10.3220/PB1650527751000

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    Saal U, Iost S, Weimar H (2022) Supply of wood processing residues - a basic calculation approach and its application on the example of wood packaging. Trees Forests People 7:100199, DOI:10.1016/j.tfp.2022.100199

  3. 2

    Saal U, Iost S, Weimar H (2022) Verfügbarkeit von Industrierestholz - Ein grundlegender Berechnungsansatz am Beispiel der Holzpackmittelindustrie. Hamburg: Thünen-Institut für Waldwirtschaft, 1 p, Project Brief Thünen Inst 2022/17, DOI:10.3220/PB1650527288000

  4. 3

    Döring P, Weimar H, Mantau U (2021) Die energetische Nutzung von Holz in Biomassefeuerungsanlagen unter 1 MW in Nichthaushalten im Jahr 2019. Hamburg, 19 p

  5. 4

    Döring P, Weimar H, Mantau U (2021) Einsatz von Holz in Biomasse-Großfeuerungsanlagen 2019. Hamburg, 22 p

  6. 5

    Döring P, Glasenapp S, Mantau U (2020) Energieholzverwendung in privaten Haushalten 2018 : Marktvolumen und verwendete Holzsortimente ; Rohstoffmonitoring Holz. Hamburg: INFRO, 43 p

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