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Wood fuel supply chain

Business opportunities along the wood fuel supply chain range from growing and managing woodlands through to supplying woodfuel to consumers.

Woodfuel burning

Currently most woodfuel consumed in Scotland is sourced here. The most common types of woodfuel are wood chip, wood pellets and logs.

The diagram below shows the flow of material for different wood fuel products.

Supply chain

Supply chain development

How supply chains develop depends on a number of factors:

Turning woody material into logs or chips is a straightforward operation. Making sure that wood fuel products meet the needs of energy markets is more complex:

  • Supply chains must be robust and reliable
  • Quality control is essential to make sure products are consistent and meets customers' specifications
  • Cost and pricing must be clearly understood
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