The essence of the Lithuanian strategy is to use firewood, pressed sawdust and straw instead of gas. So, over the past five years, the country's use of biomass in the central heating system has increased from 30 to 70 percent. Encouraged by the success, Gitanas Nauseda even made a report to the UN, where he shared his plans for a complete transition to heating products of wood processing and in addition called on other European states to use Lithuanian know-how.
It is worth noting that renewable biomass is consistent with the current "environmental trend". In addition, Lithuania said that thanks to this product, they were able to reduce heating prices by 40%. And everything would have worked out well for Vilnius, if not for one “BUT”.
Lithuania itself does not have much forest so that it can afford to heat the whole country using exclusively biomass. And from this it follows that Vilnius imports it from somewhere. From where - is not known. But the fact that the supply of Russian wood products to Lithuania is growing steadily raises some suspicions.
Further more. At the end of last year, Rosatom received all the necessary certificates for the supply of domestic wood briquettes to the European Union. The first buyers have already become France and the UK.
At the same time, after the fiery speech of Nauseda, they promised to join the "environmental strategy" of Vilnius: Sweden, Austria, Ukraine, Georgia and Latvia. Consequently, thanks to the main fighter against Russian gas dependence, the demand for the aforementioned Russian briquettes can grow significantly.
But the funniest thing in this story is that Lithuania, having jumped off the notorious “gas needle”, risks at once “getting hooked” on the tree.