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Apparent consumption of wood in the UK

Apparent consumption is the amount of timber used as wood and wood products by people and industries in the United Kingdom. It is calculated as total United Kingdom production plus imports, minus exports. Apparent consumption differs from actual consumption by the extent of changes in the level of stocks. It is not practical to collect information on actual consumption.

As table 3.1 covers a broad range of products (including secondary processed wood products), volumes are expressed in wood raw material equivalent (WRME) underbark. WRME volumes represent the amount of wood that would have been required to make the product.

UK production of roundwood totalled 10.8 million m3WRME underbark in 2016 (Table 3.1). A further 49.8 million m3WRME underbark of wood and wood products were imported to the UK and 3.9 million m3WRME underbark were exported, giving apparent consumption of 56.7 million m3WRME underbark. This represented a 2% increase in apparent consumption from the previous year, equalling the previous peak in 2007. These figures exclude recycled wood and recovered paper (see Table 3.3 for statistics on recovered paper).

Imports accounted for 82% of all wood (production + imports) in the UK in 2016.

Table 3.1 Apparent consumption of wood1 in the UK, 2007-2016

Year UK production2 Imports Exports Apparent Consumption
million m3WRME underbark    
2007 9.0 54.5 6.8 56.7
2008 8.4 46.3 5.3 49.4
2009 8.6 39.5 4.2 44.0
2010 9.6 41.6 5.5 45.8
2011 10.0 40.6 5.2 45.5
2012 10.1 39.6 6.5 43.2
2013 10.8 42.2 6.2 46.8
2014 11.2 47.0 4.8 53.4
2015 10.6 49.3 4.1 55.8
2016 10.8 49.8 3.9 56.7

         

Source: industry surveys, industry associations, UK overseas trade statistics (HM Revenue & Customs) and conversion factors to Wood Raw Material Equivalent (WRME).

Notes:

1. Excludes recovered paper.

2. UK production of roundwood is estimated from deliveries to wood processing industries and others, as in tables 2.5 and 2.6.

    

Figure 3.1 Apparent consumption of wood1in the UK, 1999-2016

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Source: industry surveys, industry associations, UK overseas trade statistics (HM Revenue & Customs) and conversion factors to Wood Raw Material Equivalent (WRME).

Notes:

1. Excludes recovered paper.

2. UK production of roundwood is estimated from deliveries to wood processing industries and others, as in tables 2.5 and 2.6.

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