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Rural businesses and property owners across the Lothians are invited to a seminar next month (Friday 7 May) to find out all about the benefits of biomass energy.
‘Warmth From Your Woodlands”, a Biomass for Business information event will take place in Haddington’s Maitlandfield House Hotel and will focus on the economic and environmental benefits of using woodfuel heating in large country houses, estates, farms and associated dwellings.
As well as switching to cheaper, reliable and locally sourced fuel supplies, biomass can help any company to do their bit for the environment and the fight against climate change.
The event has been organised by Forestry Commission Scotland as part of the Regional Biomass Advice Network (RBAN) - a partnership between Forestry Commission Scotland, the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Forest Research.
Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the RBAN works to develop Scotland’s woodfuel supply chain and promotes biomass energy.
Virginia Harden, the Commission’s Biomass Advisor for the area, said:
“Environmentally friendly biomass heating systems are becoming more and more popular. They offer significant heating cost savings to businesses in rural areas and are also a great way for businesses to help reduce Scotland’s carbon emissions.
“Biomass also has potential for landowners and managers to make profitable use for under managed/utilised farm woodlands – perhaps creating a new income stream or even helping to create jobs and boost the local economy.”
A range of guest speakers will offer advice on all aspects of making the switch to biomass, presentation topics will include Biomass Installation, funding and support: Biomass Boiler Installation; Woodland Management for Woodfuel Production , Funding and Support; Operational Aspects of Woodland Management for Woodfuel Production and Maximising Incomes Through Co-operative Working. A site visit to an existing biomass installation will be undertaken in the afternoon.
One example that highlights the benefits is the Arniston Estate, where the installation of a woodchip biomass heating system heats the main house and outbuildings and has still cut costs by 50 per cent!
The installation has also reduced their carbon emissions by over 80 tonnes per year and they now look at our woodlands with a new, invigorated and proactive lens. The project has been so successful that they have decommissioned the backup heating systems.
Anyone interested in attending can find out more details at www.usewoodfuel.co.uk/Current%20Events.stm or by emailing email@example.com
Notes for Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate and manages the 665,000 hectare national forest estate. Climate change is the biggest threat facing the planet and Scottish forestry is playing its part in helping tackle climate change. With trees naturally locking up carbon, they have a significant role in reducing the affects of climate change. The use of wood as a fuel will also help reduce harmful greenhouse emissions and the Commission is working hard to promote woodfuel developments across the country. Forestry Commission Scotland is continuing to protect, manage and expand Scotland’s forests and woodlands in a way which helps in the fight against climate change. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
2) Media Enquiries - Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0131 314 6507