Whereas the forest of Baden Württemberg wins FSC certification, now the Texas pellets plant of German Pellets in Woodville has been certified by SFI Fiber Sourcing and PEFC Chain of Custody. Is this a step towards the DIN+? For now, in Europe, after a mild winter, pellet prices tend to fall. In Switzerland, the market recorded in May its fourth consecutive decline. The average price per ton increased from 420.3 CHF (345.19 EUR) in January to 408.8 CHF (335.38 EUR) in May. On a monthly basis, the decline was 2.2% compared to April, although prices remain at 4.65% above those of May 2013.
Similar situation in Germany, where pellets lost an average of 7 Euro/ton in May according to the German Energy Pellet Association Federation(DEPV- Deutscher Energie Pellet Verband). The price per ton is currently 250.48€ on average, 25.05 cent/kg and 5.01 cent per kWh. That is -2.6 % compared to -5.1% in April and less than a year ago. Compared to oil, the price advantage remains at around 38%. After a mild winter, the German production of pellets decreased by 17 % in Q1 2014 compared to Q1 2013. That is -92,000 t to return to 447 000 t. It's just above the production recorded in Q1 2011. In Germany, the raw material pellets are related to 82.8 %. The wood industry is 17.2%. The production is directed entirely towards small and medium plants, not to large plants such as Great Britain. In trading, delivery by tank is 83%. The share of domestic consumption is 85 %.