Raimo Sailas, speaking at the 10th anniversary of the Forest Academy for Decision-Makers, said wood biofuel production could be increased by no more than a few million m3. “The upper limit is within sight,” he said.

Mr Sailas also said the share of wood-based fuels was 20% of total energy consumption in Finland.

Meanwhile, the University of Helsinki is conducting a study about the academy and its participants. The project, which has so far surveyed all current 585 participants, is intended to acertain whether the academy has reached its goals to grow interest in the forest sector and to build bridges between forestry and the rest of society.

Participants from outside the forest sector said they wanted the academy course to work more towards interaction between forestry and the rest of society. Forest sector participants registered a strong belief in the industry’s future.

The study is expected to be finished this year.