While the EU produces about 50% of world production, EU demand represents about 75% of the market. In 2015, total EU consumption was 20.5 MMT of which about 65 percent was used for heating and 35 percent for power.
Residential use for heating is a relatively stable market compared to industrial use for power generation. About 60 percent of the pellet demand is estimated to be for household use. However, the past three winters have been relatively mild and coupled with the low prices for fossil inputs, has tempered the use of pellets for residential heating.
Based on a report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service’s Global Agricultural