Sources of forest wood biomass available for energy production:

  • fuel wood;
  • woodworking residues;
  • unmerchantable wood;
  • logging residues.

The forested biomass potential, which is accounted for and theoretically available for energy production is 64-80% of the volume of logging. Currently unaccounted forest residues are estimated by the experts of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine to be an additional + 14% of the volume of logging. This is wood residues (mainly branches and wood chips) that were generated during logging and was left in the forest.

The area of ​​logging in Ukraine in recent years is about 400 thousand hectares and the volume of harvesting – up to 22 million m3 of wood per year. In 2018, the amount of harvested wood in Ukraine amounted to 22.5 million m3 (by types of forest products: Roundwood for business – 8.98 million m3, wood fuel – 10.72 million m3, the remaining 2.83 million m3 – unmerchantable wood). Thus, accounts theoretically available potential of forest biomass ranges from 14.4 to 18.0 million m3/year. And the total theoretically available potential of forest biomass (both calculated and unaccounted) ranges from 17.6 to 21.2 million m3/year.

Source: State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Main indicators of forestry activity (1990-2017) http://www.ukrstat.gov.ua/
State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Timber harvesting by forest products (2010-2018)
State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Sales of forest products within Ukraine by types in 2018

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