Imports of peat to Sweden in 2010 amounted to 365 000 metric tons. This is 16 percent lower than in 2009, which showed the highest value ever. The most peat was imported from Belarus.
The imported peat consisted primarily of peat for energy use. Exports of peat were also lower in 2010, amounting to 218 000 metric tons. The most peat was exported from the Netherlands, Finland and Denmark. The exported peat consisted primarily of peat for horticultural use.
Average production of peat
The harvest of fuel peat in 2010 was 2.2 million cubic metres, which is about the same as the average harvest during the ten latest years. Fuel peat is used mainly for production of hot water in heating plants. In 2010 the use of fuel peat in Sweden amounted to 3.8 TWh. This amount is lower compared to 2009.
Prices and taxes
The price of fuel peat in 2009 has been reduced from SEK 149 per MWh 2009 to SEK 148 per MWh 2010. Around 70–85 percent of the production price represents costs in the producer stage, the rest in loading, transportation and terminal costs.
Peat reduced its importance in Swedish energy supply
Peat reduced the share as energy carrier in the energy supply from 0.7 percent in 2009 to 0.6 percent in 2010, due to higher total energy use and lower peat use.