• Rita EhrigEmail author
  • Frank Behrendt
  • Manfred Wörgetter
  • Christoph Strasser
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This chapter outlines the role of biomass imports to the EU and thus the importance of reliable supply to the consumers. Biomass plays a major role to fulfil the EU’s energy targets for 2020. For reaching the ambitious energy targets, the EU member states will rely on biomass imports from non-EU countries. Economics and reliability of pellet supply are key issues in international trade. Pellet economics and pricing is characterised by a complex pattern of multiple market actors, interconnections and dynamics in the entire supply chain, which are widely non-transparent and still intangible to allow for reliable, long-term project and investment planning. This study is addressing this research gap by reviewing the current state of worldwide pellet trade economics and price risks based on three case studies on pellet trade from Canada, Australia and Russia to the EU.


EU energy targets Biomass supply Reliability Investment planning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rita Ehrig
    • 1
    Email author
  • Frank Behrendt
    • 2
  • Manfred Wörgetter
    • 3
  • Christoph Strasser
    • 1
  1. 1.BIOENERGY 2020+ GmbHUnit Resources and Technical LogisticsWieselburg-LandAustria
  2. 2.Chair Energy Process Engineering and Conversion Technologies for Renewable EnergiesBerlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin)BerlinGermany
  3. 3.BIOENERGY 2020+ GmbHKey Researcher and head of branch locationWieselburg-LandAustria

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