Wood chips for energy market report 

A multi-client report analysing the global seaborne trade of wood chips for energy

What's included in this report?

  • Global trade - The structure of the wood chip markets and the current trade of wood chips for energy, pulp and panelboard. 
  • Wood chip demand -  Seaborne energy chip demand in Europe and Asia. 
  • Wood chip supply - Major wood chip supply regions globally. 
  • Economics and competitiveness - Indicative wood chip prices and how they differ between the energy and pulp/paper sectors.
  • Challenge or query - ask questions and request clarifications on key findings. 
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Additional report details


The global trade of wood chips exceeds 36M BDMT per year. Over 90% of this trade serves the pulp and panelboard industries, particularly in Japan and China. However there is also a growing demand for energy chips in both Europe and Asia.

Historically the use of wood chips for energy generation has been concentrated at a local scale. However growing demand is forcing energy buyers to look further afield for their wood chips. Current consumption of seaborne chips for energy in Asia is in excess of 1M BDMT, while a similar volume of energy chips are also imported to Europe from outside of the continent.

The report covers: 

  • Market structures and the current trade of wood chips for energy, pulp and panelboard. Wood chip specifications and how they vary by end-use sector. Legality and sustainability requirements in different geographic markets.
  • Seaborne energy chip demand in Europe and Asia. Country profiles of key markets for wood chips for energy. Illustrating current and planned power/CHP/district heating plants >20MW using wood chips and their indictive fuel sourcing strategy (local v imported). The outlook for imported/seaborne wood chip demand in Europe and Asia, and how this compares in scale to the expected rise in demand for local chips.
  • Wood chip supply regions. Profiles of key wood chip supply regions in North & South America, Asia, Oceania and Europe. Insights regarding forestry resources, logistics, economics, regulatory issues and current wood chip supply volumes. Names of major wood chip producers in each country and indicative production volumes.
  • Economics and competitiveness. Indicative wood chip prices and how they differ between the energy and pulp/paper sectors. Biomass paying capability analysis, how much can energy buyers afford to pay for wood chips? Insights regarding the competition between energy and pulp/paper sectors, who can pay more?

Why choose Hawkins Wright?

We provide strategic, forecasting, marketing intelligence and business information services to the international forest products and bioenergy industries 

  • Independent and unbiased - we do not manufacture, trade or broker and forest products so are able to offer wholly-unbiased opinion
  • Decades of experience - With a sector knowledge base since 1982
  • Industry dialogue - we regularly talk to a global network of industry figures
  • Personal approach - Much more than providing market data, we can adapt to your changing needs, offering calls and face-to-face meetings
By applying our cross-sector knowledge of pulp chips and wood chips for energy, we were able to draw unique insights into this often opaque market. 
Fiona Matthews, Report Lead Author
Hawkins Wright

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