The Biomass Trade Center II has conducted a survey regarding the wood fuel prices in 2013, 1st period concerning nine EU countries. The countreis were: Austria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Slovenia and Spain. To ensure better transparency of wood fuel markets in participating countries or regions wood fuel prices are regularly monitored and analysed.
The wood fuel prices were regularly monitored at the beginning and end of each heating season. The following wood fuel categories were included into the comparison analysis:
– firewood with the length of 25, 33, 50 and 100 cm and the moisture content of 20% or 50%,
– wood chips categories P16, P31.5, P45, P63, P100 and moisture content of 20%, 30%, 40% or 55%,
– wood pellets with a moisture content of maximum 10% and different package type (loose /price per ton or in 15 kg or 20 kg bags ),
– wood briquettes with a moisture content of maximum 10% and different package type (loos/ price per ton or in 15 kg or 20 kg bags).
When comparing prices among countries, different VAT values (if included), transport costs (if included in the final price), wood fuel quality classes etc. were considered. The prices included in the analysis refer to retail at the local level.
Prices of wood fuels in selected countries
According to data collected by project partners prices of wood fuels differ among wood fuel types and countries: