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Global biomass flows from forestry 2010

Infographic | 14-11-2014

In 2010, a total of around 83 exajoules in wood was felled, of which 66 was used and around 17 was either burned or left behind in the forest as felling residue. The global production of wood in wild forests and plantations can be distinguished into timber for building materials, furniture, toys, and paper (17 exajoules), and wood directly used for energy (49 exajoules). The latter has a large share, particularly in developing countries where many people use wood as their – often only – source of energy. Whether this use of wood is always sustainable is unclear. Statistics on the gathering and use of firewood in these regions is barely documented.

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