Global wood pellets production 2000-2018

This statistic gives the figures for the production of wood pellets worldwide from 2000 to 2018. In 2018, global wood pellet production is expected to reach about 55.7 million metric tons.

Wood pellet industry in the EU – additional information

Global wood pellet production has steadily increased from about 2 million metric tons in 2000 to some 55.7 million metric tons in 2018. It has been projected that wood pellet production in Western Europe alone will reach 13 million metric tons by 2020. The importance and the growth of the wood pellet industry in Europe are apparent. Markets such as those in Austria and Sweden are already well-established but continue to grow; other new markets are also emerging across Europe. As of 2018, the EU-28 produced some 16.9 million metric tons of wood pellets, accounting for about 30 percent of the global production. In comparison, North America produced some 10.9 million metric tons . Germany was by far one of the largest wood pellet producers in Europe. Like Germany, Austria and Italy use wood pellets primarily for heat production in residential areas while other countries like the United Kingdom and Netherlands use wood pellets primarily for power generation in the industrial sector. In Sweden and Denmark, wood pellet consumption in both sectors is common. Due to high volumes of consumption in the region, replacing raw resources with feedstocks is of increasing necessity. Residual wood and agricultural biomass for pellet production are common types of feedstock bases.

Wood pellet production worldwide from 2000 to 2018

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Release date

October 2019



Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Figures were rounded.
Figures were compiled from various reports.

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