Wood energy


Wood accounts for about 5% of the total final energy consumption and 11% of the heat demand – and the trend is rising. In this country, wood is mainly used for heating and 5% for electricity production. Around 540,000 systems are operated with wood energy; around 480,000 of these are small woodburners in residential homes (to heat individual rooms) and over 20,000 are central heating systems burning pellets. 

In 2020, a total of 5,581,642m3 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.

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Last modification 12.05.2022

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