Peat complements wood fuel in Sweden
In its 2009 Energy Bill, the Swedish Government stated that peat is an indigenous energy source of significant importance for energy security. It also stated that peat has a role to play in a sustainable energy system as complementary to wood fuel.
This remains accurate to this day. Sweden primarily uses peat in combination with wood fuels at more than 20 heat and power plants. The combination of peat and wood fuel leads to more efficient combustion and a cleaner furnace, thereby reducing maintenance costs. Co-fuelling also broadens the fuel mix, contributing to greater security of supply.
More than 140,000 Swedes use heating generated from peat. The peat industry employs some 600 people in Sweden. Peat production and use is a particularly significant source of employment in sparsely populated areas.
Sod peat producion in Fasmuren, Sweden.