Fachtagung für Brandschutz

Der BAV e.V. und die TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH veranstalten am 23. Januar 2019 eine Fachtagung für Brandschutz in Berlin.

Die Berufsgenossenschaft für Holz und Metall hat ermittelt, dass die Hauptursachen von Bränden in Betrieben auf den unsachgemäßen Umgang mit Einrichtungen und Stoffen, die fehlende Unterweisung von Beschäftigten sowie auf mangelndes Gefahrenbewusstsein beim Umgang mit Gefahrstoffen zurückzuführen ist. Mit unserer Fachtagung möchten wir eine Plattform zum Wissens- und Erfahrungsaustausch für Praktiker der Altholzbranche anbieten. Read More

Altholzmarkt – Schweden und Europa

Es wird sich einiges ändern

Davon, dass sich auch in einigen EU-Mitgliedstaaten im Lauf der nächsten ein bis zwei Jahre einiges verändern wird, ist auch Mario Montevirgen vom schwedischen Altholz-Spezialisten Falkenbergs Returflis überzeugt. Kennzeichnend dafür sieht er unterschiedliche ressourcen-politische Strategien: Während Deutschland nach Einführung des Erneuerbaren Energien-Gesetzes eine Neu-Orientierung (ver)sucht, setzen das Vereinigte Königreich und Frankreich auf neue Kapazitäten bei Biomasse-Anlagen. Im Baltikum und in Osteuropa deutet sich eine Verstärkung der Holzwerkstoff-Industrie an, während Schweden die Ausweitung seiner Altholzanlagen favorisiert. Read More

Altholzmarkt in Frankreich

Frankreich: 38 Prozent stofflich verwertet

In Frankreich – erklärte Sylvain Laurent von FEDEREC auf dem Altholztag – werden jährlich rund sechs Millionen Tonnen an Abfallhölzern gesammelt. Jedes Jahr soll sich die Erfassungsrate um sechs Prozent steigern; 69 Prozent der erfassten Hölzer – Tendenz steigend – werden wiederverwertet. Laut Cambon setzt sich ihr Volumen zu 36 Prozent aus Industrie- sowie Bau- und Abbruchabfällen zusammen, zu 23 Prozent aus den Resten „industrieller Aktivitäten“ und zu 14 Prozent aus Verpackungsabfällen. Zu den 27 Prozent aus Haushalt- und Siedlungsabfällen trägt eine Erweiterte Produzentenverantwortung für Möbel bei, an der zwei Organisationen – Éco-mobilier und Valdélia – partizipieren. Read More

5 Mio. Tonnen Altholz in Großbritannien

UK: Ein Prozent des Energiebedarfs gedeckt

Nach Darstellung von Julia Turner, Geschäftsführerin der britischen Wood Recyclers Association, produziert das Vereinigte Königreich fünf Millionen Tonnen an Altholz, recycelt 1,7 Millionen Tonnen, nutzt 1,7 Millionen Tonnen als Biomasse und exportiert 300.000 Tonnen pro Jahr. Jährlich 924.000 Tonnen finden in der Holzplatten-Industrie Verwendung und liefern 60 Prozent des Materials zur Spanplatten-Herstellung. Energetisch steht Altholz für rund 2,9 Terrawatt Stromproduktion pro Jahr und deckt damit ein Prozent des britischen Energiebedarfs. Read More

Waste wood trends in Sweden and Europe

Things are going to change.

Mario Montevirgen of the Swedish waste wood specialist Falkenbergs Returflis is also convinced that a lot will change in some EU member states in the course of the next one to two years. He sees different resource-political strategies as characteristic for this: While Germany is looking for a new orientation after the introduction of the Renewable Energy Sources Act, the United Kingdom and France are focusing on new capacities for biomass plants. In the Baltic States and Eastern Europe, there are signs of a strengthening of the engineered wood industry, while Sweden favours the expansion of its waste wood plants.

According to Mario Montevirgen, Germany wants to increase its domestic waste wood volume from 7.7 million tonnes to over eight million tonnes by 2021. The extent to which the capacity of 6.5 million tonnes (plus 1.5 million tonnes planned) is to be changed depends not least on the extent to which exports to the engineered wood industries in Eastern Europe and the Baltic States are expanded. Sweden wants to increase its domestic tonnage from 1.1 to 1.3 million tonnes, expand its energy plant capacity from 2.0 million tonnes in 2016 to 2.4 million tonnes in 2021, and is not averse to an increase to the 0.8 million tonnes of imported waste wood.

Norway does not expect any significant changes in view of the expansion of its domestic tonnage from 0,7 to 1,0 million tonnes, exports from 0,4 to more than 0,6 million tonnes and the still open plant capacities. Unlike the United Kingdom, which intends to increase its domestic treatment capacity from 3.7 to 4.3 million tonnes by 2021 and to increase its capacity from 1.6 million tonnes (plus 1.4 million tonnes planned) to 4.5 million tonnes. In return, exports are to be reduced from 0.6 to less than 0.3 million tonnes.

Sweden is looking for a supply partner

As a traditional importer of waste, Sweden is affected by external factors and is dependent on them. For example, the demand for forest chips is expected to change drastically so that imports from overseas have to be considered. As the United Kingdom and France have increased local demand for waste wood due to new plant capacities, their export volumes are also being reduced, so that new supplier countries have to be sought.

The capacity expansions in the Eastern European engineered wood industry are reducing export volumes to Sweden. And finally, other biomass plants can compensate for their bottlenecks with waste wood, which has an impact on demand and prices. On the other hand, according to Mario Montevirgen, Germany would have had to good reasons and new opportunities to trade in to enter waste wood exports with Sweden.

We expressly thank the editorial staff of EU-Recycling Magzins, who published this article in issue 11/2018, page 30. You can download the article in German here: EU-Recycling_11-2018-Altholz.

UK – new biomass plants are expected

UK: 5 million tonnes of waste wood

According to Julia Turner, Managing Director of the UK Wood Recyclers Association (WRA), the UK produces five million tonnes of waste wood, recycles 1.7 million tonnes, uses 1.7 million tonnes as biomass and exports 300,000 tonnes per year. An annual 924,000 tons are used in the wood panel industry and supply 60 percent of the material for chipboard production. In terms of energy, waste wood stands for around 2.9 terawatts of electricity production per year and thus covers one percent of the British energy requirement.

New biomass plants are expected to generate an additional one million tonnes of electricity per year within the next twelve months. In August 2018, plant capacities for 2.1 million tonnes in operation, 1.3 million tonnes in commissioning, 0.4 million tonnes under construction and 0.6 million tonnes were therefore planned, a total of 3,468,000 tonnes. Julia Turner anticipates a number of specific factors – effects of the new fire protection plan, amended permits, possible changes of government and Brexit, to name but a few – that could affect the market for scrap wood and generate demand of between 4.4 and 5.9 million tonnes.

We expressly thank the editorial staff of EU-Recycling Magzins, who published this article in issue 11/2018, page 30. You can download the article in German here: EU-Recycling_11-2018-Altholz.

Waste wood market in France

In France – Sylvain Laurent of FEDEREC explained on the BAV-Altholztag (BAV-Waste Wood Conference) – around six million tonnes of waste wood are collected annually. Every year, the collection rate is expected to increase by six percent; 69 percent of the wood collected is recycled and the trend is rising. According to Cambon, 36 percent of its volume consists of industrial waste and construction and demolition waste, 23 percent of the remainder from „industrial activities“ and 14 percent of packaging waste. The 27 percent from household and municipal waste is due to an extended producer responsibility for furniture in which two organisations – Éco-mobilier and Valdélia – participate.

19 percent of the waste wood is recycled in the French wood panel production and a further 19 percent in foreign industrial plants. 31 percent are used for energy recovery, while 31 percent end up unused in incineration or landfills. In 2017, the industry was able to market more waste wood than in the previous year, which helped to reduce wood storage from just under 300,000 tonnes to around 60,000 tonnes within a year, but led to a drop in prices. All in all, the turnover of the French wood industry of 169 million euros is said to have fallen sharply in recent years due to unfavourable market conditions.

We expressly thank the editorial staff of EU-Recycling Magzins, who published this article in issue 11/2018, page 30. You can download the article in German here: EU-Recycling_11-2018-Altholz.

Waste wood markets in Europe

Last week, at the invitation of the member company Renewi, the meeting of the European Working Group of the BAV-Bundesverband der Altholzaufbereiter und -verwerter e.V. took place in Amsterdam.

The event focused on the European waste wood markets, their changes and challenges. The goal of the meeting is networking, knowledge transfer and a better understanding of the markets in neighbouring European countries.

Presentations and market reports from Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany highlighted the developments in the individual countries. Above all, Germany, the largest market for waste wood in Europe, is facing major challenges with a view to the end of the promotion period for waste wood power plants.

The next meeting of the working group is scheduled for spring 2019.

Challenges for the biomass plants in Germany

In view of the forthcoming amendment process to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), the BAV (German Federal association of waste wood conditioners and recyclers) is committed to ensuring that climate-friendly energy from waste wood remains an important component of the energy system transformation process. The majority of wood-fired power plants, most of which are subsidised by the EEG, will be phased out gradually between 2020 and 2026.

This transition poses a challenge for the industry, as it is at this time that power plants that have already dropped out of the subsidy are in competition with power plants that continue to receive the feed-in subsidy. „The end of EEG support, which the BAV supports in principle, must be designed in such a way that no waste wood power plants leave the market due to the distortion of competition caused by subsidies,“ says Simon Obert, Managing Director of the BAV.

Waste wood power plants that no longer fall under the regime of the EEG also lose the feed-in priority over fossil fuels, as the amended Biomass Ordinance no longer recognises waste wood as biomass. Dieter Uffmann warns: „If wood-fired power plants lose their status as producers of renewable energies and the associated priority given to feed-in electricity over fossil fuels, there is a danger that electricity and heat from wood can no longer be produced economically in Germany. Every waste wood biomass power plant that comes off the grid also means that valuable CO2 savings potential is lost. We must promote for the fact that Germany sets further on green energy from old wood.


Context: In about 75 waste wood power plants in Germany waste wood is used as fuel. Each year about 6-6.6 million tons are used. This corresponds to about 75-80% of the annual waste wood volume in Germany. The majority of waste wood power plants receive state subsidies. This ends in 2020 for the first 11 of the 75 plants.

Climate protection contribution of waste wood power plants

The German government declared that the 2020 climate protection targets of reducing CO2 emissions by 40 percent could not be achieved. An important key to reducing climate-damaging greenhouse gases is the generation of energy from climate-neutral renewable energy sources.

Currently, the share of renewable energies in electricity generation is approx. 33.3 percent and in heat generation approx. 13 percent. Besides wind, water and solar energy, biomass is one of the most important renewable energy sources. The Charter for Wood, initiated by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), balances that wood is currently one of the most important energy sources of the energy turnaround: approx. one quarter of the electricity and two thirds of the heat supply from renewable energies are based on wood or biomass. An important component of the energy supply from wood is currently provided by 75 waste wood power plants in Germany.

The power plants, which are distributed decentrally throughout Germany, show how climate protection, energy efficiency and resource conservation can go hand in hand. Wood is a sustainable raw material that binds carbon as it grows and thus removes CO2 from the atmosphere. The carbon remains bound even if products are made from the wood.

In Germany, approx. 8 million tons of waste wood are produced annually, especially in the packaging industry, in the construction and demolition sector and in municipal waste. These wastes are processed to the valuable secondary raw material by complex sorting and processing procedures. Depending on the pollutant load, the waste wood chips can be used either for the production of chipboard or for electricity and heat production. Read More

Fachtagung für Arbeitsschutz

Die Arbeitswelt befindet sich stets im Wandel: Schnellere Abläufe, Termindruck, neue Technologien und Arbeitsanforderungen stellen die Menschen vor immer neue Herausforderungen. Um die Sicherheit und Gesundheit der Mitarbeiter an ihren Arbeitsplätzen zu gewährleisten, ist es wichtig, dass sich Arbeitsschutzkonzepte stets weiterentwickeln und sich den modernen Anforderungen anpassen.

Aus diesem Grund organisiert der BAV e.V., gemeinsam mit der TÜV Süd Industrie Service GmbH am 11. Dezember 2018 in Berlin eine Fachtagung für Arbeitssicherheit. Die Veranstaltung richtet sich an Unternehmen, die mit der Aufbereitung, stofflichen und energetischen Verwertung von Altholz befasst sind. Read More

Altholzgespräch mit Marja-Liisa Völlers

Wir freuen uns, dass wir heute die SPD-Bundestagsabgeordnete Marja-Liisa Völlers im BAV-Mitgliedsunternehmen Tönsmeier Holzkontor GmbH begrüßen durften.

Gemeinsam mit Reiner Brombach (Bürgermeister), Horst Schwarze (Ortsbrürgermeister Evesen), Albert Brüggemann (Ortsvereinsvorsitzender), Reinhard Luhmann (Ortsvereinsmitglied) und Annika Tadge (Wirtschaftsförderin)  machte sich die Parlamentarierin ein Bild über die nachhaltige Altholzaufbereitung zur stofflichen und energetischen Verwertung. Read More

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