Thursday, 4 July 2019

Questions (372)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

372. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the calorific value of each deciduous species of tree normally found here in the context of the use of wood burning stoves in view of the fact that wood is carbon neutral; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29068/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

General information on wood energy is available through the website and advisory service www.woodenergy.ie which is funded by my Department. This website provides a broad range of information to forest owners and industry regarding the production of wood fuels in Ireland.

The calorific values of specific wood fuels have been examined in a number of projects funded by my Department and are available online as a database on the www.forestenergy.ie website. Examples of gross calorific value on a dry basis of alder, ash and birch wood are 19.4, 19.2 and 19.45 megajoules per kilogramme respectively. Information on a range of other species is also available in this database.