Wood energy

Wood accounts for just under 6% of the total final energy consumption and 12% of the heat demand – and the trend is rising. In Switzerland, wood is mainly used for heating and 5% for electricity production.

Around 520,000 systems are operated with wood energy; around 464,000 of these are small woodburners in residential homes (to heat individual rooms) and 19,000 are central heating systems burning pellets. 

In 2021, a total of 5,844,740m3 of wood was burnt as fuel in Switzerland. The potential is estimated at 7 to 8 million cubic metres. Fuelwood comes in the form of logs, wood chips, pellets, waste wood, wood residue and brushwood.

Last modification 28.11.2023

Top of page