A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Global biomass trade for energy – Part 1: Statistical and methodological considerations

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Publication Details
Authors: Proskurina Svetlana, Junginger Martin, Heinimö Jussi, Vakkilainen Esa
Publisher: Wiley: 12 months
Publication year: 2017
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining
Start page: 1
End page: 13
Number of pages: 13
ISSN: 1932-104X
JUFO-Level of this publication: 2
Open Access: Open Access publication
Location of the parallel saved publication: http://www.doria.fi/handle/10024/4000


Many countries have limited, low-cost biomass resources to satisfy their own demand for
bioenergy. International trade of biomass in various solid and liquid forms is consequently increasing.
The aim of this study is to present a quantitative overview of the development of international biomass
trade for energy purposes, including a discussion of methodological issues. The paper focuses on
the production, export, and import of solid and liquid biofuels, including industrial roundwood, wood
chips, fuel wood, wood pellets, biodiesel, and bioethanol. The study highlights changes in trends that
have occurred over the past decade. Trade on global bioenergy markets is increasing: total trade of
biomass for energy purposes is estimated as having increased twofold from around 780 PJ in 2004 to
1250 PJ in 2015. Despite the importance of the bioenergy market and the growth of biomass trade for
energy, accurate evaluation of energy-related biomass trade faces several methodological challenges,
such as uncertainties in international statistics, inconsistent data regarding export and import volumes,
as well as limited information about the fi nal use of traded products.

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