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.
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.
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).
Within the last round of the wood resource monitoring for the year 2010 we conducted studies of the different market sectors. The studies are listed below. The results show a volume of 135 million m³ of the wood resource balance. One half is used for material and the other half for energetic purposes. Largest volumes were used by saw mills (37.3 million m³) and by private households (33.9 million m³).
1.2007 - 6.2018
Project status: ongoing