AGM Energy implications of the expanded planting programme
By the year 2006 it is expected that 17.5 million m3 wood per annum — twice the current harvest — will be available for processing. Some processing routes (e.g., pulp and paper manufacture) use substantially more energy than others (e.g., sawn timber production). The industry has the ability to supply the bulk oj its energy needs from its own resources, using technology that is already available. Energy, with the possible exception of liquid fuels used in harvesting, need not be a constraint on the forest industry's growth. The future may well see the increased use of wood as a. fuel source, both in its traditional role as a source of low-grade heat and possibly in the production of liquid fuels such as methanol and. ethanol.
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