Forest residues are classified as sustainable by EU

5th April 2023
News Industries District heating

The negotiations on the Renewable Energy Directive (RED III) between the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament and the EU Commission were completed on 30 March.

As a result, the use of forest residues in energy production is now classified as sustainable. Forest residues are for example branches, residual products from the forest industry and low-quality wood.

The decision introduces the so-called cascade principle, where energy companies and the forest industry must be able to prove that high quality tree trunks are used for timber production, pulp wood is used for paper production, and that only inferior forest products may be used for heat and energy production.

The forest residues are today a significant share of Adven’s fuel mix and considered an important energy source now and in the future.

– It is a relief for us that the decision on RED III was made with common sense and that we can continue to be proud of the fact that our business is classified as sustainable and climate-friendly. However, the entire EU debate that has taken place over the past year shows that we must work towards a more diversified fuel base where energy production that uses recycled sources, e.g. waste incineration and industrial waste heat, also continue to be very important sources in our energy mix, says Anders Ericsson, CEO of Adven.