The current demand for Biomass pellets is 16million tonnes per year. This is projected to increase to 46 million tonnes by the year 2020.
Since 2000, the world pellet industry has grown by a compound annual growth rate of 23% and the majority of this veracious growth has come from demand in Europe. The future demand is expected to skyrocket in western Europe and China, this boost in consumption is driven by the reduced demand and reliance for Fossil fuel energy and Government policies and incentives to replace fossil fuels with more environmentally sustainable alternatives in mind.
Canada has the largest potential as a wood pellet producer to meet this rising demand. Canada exported 1.6m tonnes of biomass wood pellets to Europe in 2016, most of that going to the United Kingdom as can be seen from the chart, the UK is by far the largest market for biomass wood pellets in Europe and as the UK Government continue with legislation that support the conversion of old coal fired power stations over to biomass then we expect to see this demand go far beyond where it is today.