Mapping The Biomass Industry

The two maps below show the current extent and planned expansion of the biomass industry across the globe. The data on these maps has been collected from openly available sources by EPN member groups worldwide. This is a constant work in progress and the maps are updated regularly as new information becomes available.

The two maps, one on pellet facilities and the other on bioenergy plants aim to have a as comprehensive listing as possible of:

  • Bioenergy plants that have a capacity bigger than 20 MW, use woody biomass as their main fuel or co-fire biomass in coal power plants
  • Pellet mills that produce industrial or/and domestic pellets and have an annual production of 50 000 metric tonnes or more.

These kinds of installations have been chosen for careful monitoring as they can be a major threat to forest ecosystems if the fuel comes at volume directly from forests. The maps thus exclude power plants that are primarily run on black liquor (a by-product in pulp mills), bagasse (the residue of sugar cane) or post-consumer waste wood.

The bigger the power plant the more unlikely it becomes that woody biomass can be sourced locally and ecologically sustainably. Thus the maps do not include energy plants smaller than 20 MW.

Biomass Energy Plants

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Pellet Mills

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Want to contribute to this data gathering or provide any new or updated data?
Please contact wolfgang.kuhlmann@araonline.de

Disclaimer: EPN does not accept any liability related to incorrect representation or interpretation of the used data.