According to the latest statistics from the Natural Resources Institute of Finland, a total of 385.000 tons of wood pellets were produced in Finland in 2018, almost one fifth more than in the previous year, and the highest production in history.
As well at 2018, imports set a record with a total of 95.000 tons of wood pellets imported into Finland. They increased an 10 percent and were mostly imported from Russia. A total of 43.000 tons were also exported, mainly to Denmark and Sweden.
The consumption of pellets in Finland 2018 amounted to 436.000 tons. Most of this amount, 270.000 tons, was used in thermal and electric power plants. While the amount of pellets supplied to a few 27.000 homes remained at 62 000 tons.
Finland is a small user of wood pellets on a European scale. According to the most recent statistics of Bioenergy Europe, the largest amount of pellets was consumed in 2017 in the United Kingdom, more than seven million tons. The consumption of pellets was more than three million tons in Italy and Denmark, and more than two million tons in Germany, which is also the largest European producer of pellets. France, Sweden and Belgium consumed more than one million tons. And in Spain, consumption was almost six hundred thousand tons.
Finland will be the guest country in the next edition of EXPOBIOMASA.