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RTL answers your questions: is there a risk of a shortage of pellets this winter?

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This Monday, “RTL answers your questions” looks at the concerns of David, Jérôme or Samira, who have noticed that the price of pellets is soaring, enough to worry about for the coming winter.

The weather will cool down in the next few days, which reminds us that winter is approaching, and that we will have to warm up. Many of you are worried about it, and it is quite normal given the soaring prices. We received a lot of messages, via our orange Alert us button. This is the case of David, Jérôme or even Samira, who find that the price of pellets is soaring. But what is it due to?

To produce pellets, you need sawdust. We have wood here, but Belgium exports a lot of it. Result: there is not enough sawdust to produce enough pellets. As in any calculation, it is the rule of supply and demand. Moreover, this Belgian export poses a problem, because there is no quota. This means that our wood goes straight abroad.

There is also another problem: with the very dry summer that we experienced, the pellets are not moist enough. However, it needs this humidity to be well compacted. So inevitably, production is impacted and decreases.

Is there a risk of a shortage of pellets this winter?

We shouldn’t experience a shortage this winter, because pellets are not a very rare commodity. The sector is looking for other sources of supply, and one of the solutions is to seek some in Canada. Usually, our pellets also come from eastern countries and in particular from Ukraine and inevitably, it gets stuck. He is also Croatian, but the country does not produce enough to meet demand. So this winter, obviously, you will be heating with Canadian pellets.

The price is certainly likely to increase, but in reasonable proportions. Over the past year, the price of pellets has jumped by around 35%. This winter, if we manage to find supply solutions, and therefore to balance supply and demand, prices should not explode like for gas.

To heat you this winter, heating oil is the best defended. It is expensive, but still affordable, provided the consumer pays attention to price trends.