Statistics are essential to follow market trends, build strategies and support policy making. The complexity of the bioenergy sector makes it difficult to gain a clear picture of the sector, its dynamics and its future potential. Therefore AEBIOM, European Biomass Association, publishes every year a comprehensive collection of data on biomass, mainly based on existing data published in many different documents in order to contribute to a better understanding and further successful development of bioenergy in Europe. We have compiled the most relevant figures for you: HERE.

The European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) released the new edition of the AEBIOM Statistical Report 2014 which is now available to purchase on the AEBIOM website. Additionally, AEBIOM produced this presentation which includes the most relevant graphs extracted from the Statistical Report. These graphs may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, under the condition that the source is clearly mentioned: “AEBIOMEuropean Bioenergy outlook 2014”.

European renewable energy production (177 Mtoe) overtakes the production of energy from each of indigenous coal (167 Mtoe), natural gas (133 Mtoe) and oil (77 Mtoe).

Despite the contribution of renewables, Europe still remains alarmingly energy dependent: 85% for oil, 62% for coal and 66% for natural gas, not to mention its extremely high dependency on Uranium.

EU primary energy production by fuel

“Final energy consumption of bioenergy in 2012 was 102 Mtoe, almost double that of 2000. Biomass for heat and bioheat represent 74,7 Mtoe followed by biofuels for transport at 14,6 Mtoe and biopower at 12,8 Mtoe.”

Final energy consumption for bioenergy:

Final energy consumption for Bioenergy

Vision towards the future:

NREAPs and Progress Reports

-Renewables represent 15,6% (83 Mtoe) of final EU consumption in Heating and Cooling
-Renewables represent 24,2% (798,7 TWh) of EU gross electricity generation. 18,7% of this renewable electricity comes from biomass, 65% of which is produced in CHP plant

Jobs in bioenergy:

Bioenergy jobs

In Europe there is a potential for different wood uses including bioenergy:

Stock of living trees

The annual forest harvest corresponds to only 62% of the annual forest increment therefore EU forest stock is increasing each year by 289 million m3:

Increment and fellings in forest available for wood supply


World production_consumption of pellets


Evolution of wood pellet production 2007-2014



Reference sources: EU28 Primary Energy production by fuel – Eurostat EU28 Energy dependency on natural gas – Eurostat Final energy consumption of bioenergy – AEBIOM calculations of Eurostat figures. Data for 2020 from National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) NREAPs projections and Progress Reports – NREAPs and Member States Progress Reports (RES Directive) RES and biomass contribution to the heat and electricity sectors – Eurostat EU job distribution in the bioenergy sector – EurObserv´ER Annual increment of forest available for wood supply – Eurostat Forest in EU28 – Eurostat Increment and fellings in forest available for wood supply – Eurostat World production/consumption of pellets in 2013 – EPC and Hawkins Wright European wood pellet production in 2013 – EPC Evolution of wood pellet production 2007-2014 with 2020 projections – EPC European wood pellet consumption in 2013 – EPC Top 10 EU wood pellet importing and exporting countries in 2013 – Eurostat

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