Solutions for Sustainable Innovative Mobilisation of Wood in Europe

Europe’s forests are a precious resource. They provide fundamental ecological functions such as carbon storage, nutrient cycling, water and air purification and wildlife habitat. Forests are also fundamental to our traditional economy and will play an increasingly important role in the EU bioeconomy.
As Europe shifts towards a bio-based economy, the demand for wood will increase yet Europe’s vast wood potential is untapped. This potential can be mobilized through more active yet sustainable and environmentally-friendly management.

This website is a compilation of projects that address the issue of wood mobilisation in Europe. The projects are sorted by the barriers encountered by the practitioners, as well as the measures they took to overcome those barriers. The target audiences of this website are practitioners, policy makers, forest administrators, forest owner associations and other stakeholders.

Through this website you can:

The SIMWOOD library is categorised by common barriers to wood mobilisation identified in European countries, as well as the measures that have either been tested or are in the process of being tested to address those barriers.

Highly detailed information is available for seventeen model regions. You can interact with maps and graphs showing wood mobilisation initiatives, relevant websites, facts and figures as well as regional scenarios showing the outputs of modelling exercises in your country

Much of the data and knowledge within this system was collected within the FP7 project SIMWOOD (Sustainable Innovative Mobilisation of Wood). For more on the FP7 project, visit the project homepage

Survey on cascading uses of woody biomass

In the 2015 Circular Economy Action Plan, the Commission has committed to provide guidance and dissemination of good practices on the cascading use of biomass. The concept of "cascading" refers to the use of a resource in the most efficient way. The principle of cascading supports the circular economy and helps to reach climate goals of the Paris agreement by keeping carbon locked in material for as long as possible. To fulfill this commitment, we are looking for good practices that maximise the use and value of woody biomass and/or improve cascadibility at any point in the value chain, be it mechanical, pulp and paper, biorefineries, recycling, innovative ideas, etc. The survey can be completed in any EU language. Go to survey.