Woodfuel Usage and Demand 2015
Headlines from Woodfuel Demand and Usage in Scotland Report include:
- a total of 5,985 woodfuel boilers were installed in Scotland by the end of 2015
- the total amount of woodfuel used was £1,248k oven dry tonnes. In 2014, the total woodfuel used was estimated to be 1,098k odt. There was, therefore, a 14% increase in woodfuel usage in Scotland over this period. This is in contrast to the 2013-14 increase of 41%.
- The highest number of woodfuel boiler installations was found in rural Local Authority areas, with Aberdeenshire, Borders, Dumfries and Galloway and Highland accounting for almost 50% of all installations.
- the majority of woodfuel used in Scotland continues to be virgin fibre, sawmill co-products and process residues (52%).
- There will be at least two large new woodfuel boilers commissioned in 2016 with a further 3 large boilers in the process of design, planning or development. The predicted increase in woodfuel demand for 2016 is 72.5k odt and in 2017 a further 12k odt.
- woodfuel boilers contributed 3,276k MWh in 2015 to Scottish Government's renewable heat targets.
- Wood-fuelled boilers in Scotland are estimated to have saved 1,467k tonnes of CO2e in 2015.
22 March 2017