Wood consumption is dramatically increasing. On the one hand this is due to the increased demand of the construction and furniture industries, but in particular to the consumption of wood for energy generation in biomass energy plants or private households, which is a politically declared aim and subsidized by the governments. This development is furthermore enhanced by the proposals of the EU-Commission with regard to the encouragement of the use of renewable energy sources. Consequently, there is a shortage of the raw material wood. The German Wood-based Panel Association (Verband der Deutschen Holzwerkstoffindustrie e.V., VHI), therefore demands, that the subsidies for burning high-value wood should be stopped and a change of objectives should take place. According to the principle of cascading utilization, wood should be used several times in substance in a sustainable manner before it is used for energy generation. This contributes more to the protection of
the climate than direct incineration of wood.