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A new survey on green energy from Forestry Commission England has shown the East of England’s hot spots for the use of biomass.
The survey also indicates that the region has 182 biomass boilers – around nine per cent of the total in England and 46 more than identified in the 2008/9 survey. Although sales of these boilers are rising, the East of England region still has one of the lowest installation rates in the country.
The Forestry Commission is supporting the use of biomass and is working to increase the amount of woodfuel that is available to meet this growth market. It hosts the Woodfuel East initiative, which aims to increase both supplies of woodfuel and the number of biomass boilers in the region.
Edwin Van Ek, of Woodfuel East, said:
“Our goal is to increase the amount of biomass available from existing woodlands by 110,000 green tonnes a year by 2013, to secure a sustainable supply chain for woodchip for use in biomass boilers for central heating applications”.
Woodfuel East can now also support the installation of woodchip boilers for tourism projects, farm modernisation, diversification projects and community buildings, to name but a few.
“If we can generate more locally-grown woodfuel for biomass boilers, we could save over 70,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year through the replacement of fossil fuels.
“By managing woodlands for fuel production, we can help improve biodiversity, as well as create jobs in rural areas.
“Woodfuel boilers are particularly suitable for a whole range of larger, commercial, agricultural and community buildings with high or constant heat requirement or for linking properties with an underground heat pipe.
“We want more people to consider this traditional fuel as a future energy-source.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. Further information can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/england
2. For more information about woodfuel go to: www.forestry.gov.uk/england-woodfuel
3. The Biomass Heat Boilers in England 2009 survey was commissioned for the Forestry Commission, by the Renewable Energy Association Ltd. The survey was based on the responses from 35 installers about non-domestic biomass boilers.
4. Information on Woodfuel East is available at http://www.woodfueleast.org.uk/
Chris Johnson, Press Officer, Forestry Commission England, tel 01223 346034, email firstname.lastname@example.org