The European Union places the wood energy in one of the first plans on future energy supply, to increase its energy independence. The objective is to provide for 2010 12% of gross inland energy consumption from renewable energy sources.
The power referred to wood energy heating is 10 000 megawatt hour, an increase of 4,5 megatonnes oil equivalent production. Approximately one million homes heated by wood by means of individual boilers, collective heating and district heating.
Source: La Forêt Privée French - Newsletter No. 59 from 25 2005 January -