The wood pellet production in the EU-28 is following an upward trend, growing by 4,7% between 2014 and 2015. Wood pellet production areas are spread throughout the Member States. Therefore, the wood pellet sector contributes to rural and regional economies, thanks to the jobs and value it creates all over the EU-28. Additionally, it contributes to the mobilisation and development of local resources, thus decreasing the energy dependency of the EU-28. Germany is the biggest producer of wood pellets producing 2 million tonnes followed by Sweden, Latvia, Estonia and Austria.