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Title: Continued growth expected for wood energy despite turbulence of the economic crisis: Wood energy markets, 2008-2009

Source: UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review, 2008-2009; pp. 97-109; 2009

Author(s)Hartkamp, Dr. Rens; Hillring, Dr. Bengt; Mabee, Dr. Warren; Olsson, Mr. Olle; Skog, Dr. Kenneth; Spelter, Mr. Henry; Vinterback, Mr. Johan; Wahl, Ms. Antje

Publication Year: 2009  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4851-MA

Abstract: While the economic crisis in late 2008 and early 2009 reduced the demand for energy, as evidenced by a steep decline in the price of oil, government policies to promote renewable energy sources have kept the wood energy market strong. With oil prices rising in mid-2009, market demand for alternative fuels, including wood, is growing. Government policy measures enacted to counter economic recessions often include funding to improve energy independence from fossil fuels. Subsidies aimed at improving the environment are part of what is termed the green new deal. This includes, for example, building infrastructure to produce and use carbon-neutral woodbased fuels. During its session scheduled for 12-16 October 2009, the UNECE Timber Committee will hold a policy forum entitled 'The forest sector in the green economy'. Wood energy will be an important topic during the forum.

Keywords: Renewable natural resources, utilization, biomass energy, biomass, energy conservation, fuelwood, supply and demand, forest products industry, economic aspects, market surveys, renewable energy sources, forest biomass, natural resources, energy consumption, energy industries, biomass conversion, forest products, marketing, wood as fuel, forest resources, biomass fuel, biorefining, bioconversion

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

File size: 562 kb(s)

Date posted: 05/17/2010

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RITS Product ID: 31270
Current FPL Scientists associated with this product (listed alphabetically)
Skog, Kenneth E.
Supervisory Research Forester
Spelter, Henry N.
Economist (Volunteer)

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