Wood: The Coal of the Future?

The use of wood as a renewable fuel grew by 25% in the last 20 years.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

In Europe and the United States, the demand for timber to be used as fuel is growing. Companies such as Vattenfall AB of Sweden, RWE AG of Germany and American Electric Power of Ohio Inc., which is the biggest consumer of coal in the U.S., are increasingly adapting their central power generation to wood consumption.

The article by Jeremy van Loon published in eleconomista.es said: "Wood is becoming a commodity in great demand in the new world of low-carbon emissions. Energy companies are burning more trees because the renewable fuel can be cheaper than coal and it can be burned without the need for permits to emit carbon dioxide, the main gas that is attributed to global warming."

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Uses and Contributions of Wood in Costa Rica: 2012

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The Timber Industry in Costa Rica

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The National Forestry Bureau has presented a report on the uses and contributions of timber, statistics 2011, which includes the latest study on timber prices.

From the Executive Summary of the report of the National Forestry Office (ONF):

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Guatemala: Manufactured Wood Exports Increase by 20%

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Foreign sales of wood products up to July increased by $718 million, equivalent to 19.8%.

Data from the Bank of Guatemala indicates that total exports for July amounted to $4,347 million.

The main markets for Guatemalan furniture are Central America, the United States and Europe.

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