In many places, notably in rural areas in countries in economic transition, wood is the only affordable source of energy for heating and cooking. Despite its importance, wood energy is often under-used or misused, resulting in air pollution and the degradation of forest resources.
Photo of Francisco from UN-ECE

Wood Energy in the ECE region’ is a new publication released by the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE). The publication was presented by the editor and also new CERE Professor Francisco Aguilar at a panel hosted by the UN-ECE. The topic of discussion was how forests contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and Francisco discussed the role that forests play in meeting SD goal 7 ‘Affordable and Clean Energy’. Wood energy is the most important source of renewable energy in the UN-ECE region. In many places, notably in rural areas in countries in economic transition, wood is the only affordable source of energy for heating and cooking. Despite its importance, wood energy is often under-used or misused, resulting in air pollution and the degradation of forest resources.

From the report’s foreword
“Wood energy continues to be the leading renewable energy source in Europe, accounting for about 45% of primary energy from renewable sources.

The use of wood for energy can have negative ramifications if not used properly. Wood energy can be a significant source of indoor and outdoor pollution if used inefficiently. The harvest of wood fuels can degrade forests if sustainable practices are not observed. Nonetheless, wood energy can be a very clean and sustainable fuel, if best practices are applied to sourcing, processing and combustion efficiency.”

Read the report

Francisco Aguilar serves as co-leader of the Team of Specialists on Wood Energy to the UN-ECE and the panel was held during the UN-ECE Committee on Forests and Forest Industry held in Vancouver (Canada) November 5-9, 2018.

The photo from UN-ECE flickr account