Wood is traditionally widely used for energy needs in Ukraine. Previously people burned only firewood in stoves and household boilers. But recently a large number of foreign and domestic modern boilers for wood chips, pellets, briquettes have appeared on the market. Demand for wood biomass as a fuel increases and its technical potential is quite limited - about 2 million tons of coal equivalent (tce/year).
According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, the harvesting volume of liquid timber and hence the volume of wood residues from felling including fire wood in the country is rather stable than constantly increasing. All forestry have so-called "allowable cut", that is approved in the years ahead. For its increase the approval from the State Agency of Forest Resources and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources is required. It is practically impossible to get the approval. So it is important to search for additional sources of wood fuel. According to Georgii Geletukha — the Head of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, it should be taken a closer look at the shelterbelt forests, forest plots (belts) along roads and railways and dead-wood.
The newspaper "Voice of Ukraine" made a brief summary on the UABio Position Paper №15 "Analysis of additional sources of wood fuel in Ukraine".
Read the full article on the website "Voice of Ukraine" — the newspaper of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (in Ukrainian) or here (in Ukrainian).Additional resources of wood, the newspaper "Voice of Ukraine", with Georgii Geletukha — the Head of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine (in Ukrainian)