The use of wood as a renewable source of energy

Eurostat always has some kind of news. Today my rss-reader featured this press release on the use of wood and wood waste for renewable energy. Not surprisingly, Finland has a rather high share (21% of total gross inland energy consumption in 2010), and of renewables, wood and wood waste provides 85% of gross inland energy consumption from renewables in 2010.

What is interesting though is the difference in the  share of wood and wood waste of gross inland energy consumption from renewables between Finland and Sweden (85% vs 57%). One explanation is surely the relative abundance of hydropower in Sweden.

One thing is at least clear from this publication of Statistics Sweden – the paper industry approximately provides its own fuel as much as in Finland.

 

It would be interesting to compare the positions of the Finnish and Swedish paper industry companies regarding nuclear energy – in Finland both the industry federation and the labour union lobbied for nuclear energy (i.e. an expansion). Given the delays of Olkiluoto III and the disappearing appeal of the Fennovoima-project (German investors abandoned the project), in combination with the memory of Fukushima may have consequences for the future of nuclear energy in Finland as well as the position of Finnish paper industry companies as energy providers.

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