In Norway, it is also a national goal to increase the production and use of sustainable bioenergy. Here, the potential for increased use of wood for bioenergy production is high. The annual volume logged is far lower than the regrowth. In addition, harvesting residues such as branches and twigs are currently largely left in the forest unused.
Only 5% of the energy produced in Norway today is bioenergy from forest biomass, compared to about 28%.in neighbouring Sweden and Finland. One of the main reasons for this is down to the fact that it is less important to the Norwegian economy. Norway already produces enough renewable energy through hydroelectric power plants, and this means there is less pressure to make a shift.