Free Renewable Heat Incentive seminar to help businesses cut costs

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Organisations looking to reduce their heating bills are invited to attend a free woodfuel discovery’ day at Culcreuch Castle next month (Thursday 5 December).

Organised by the Biomass Network East of Scotland (BIONES) and Forestry Commission Scotland in association with Fintry Development Trust, the event will promote the benefits of switching to producing heat from low-carbon technologies and renewable energy sources, in this case woodfuel.

It will provide an opportunity to learn about the practicalities of using woodfuel for heat and the finance to support it, to hear how communities are managing woodlands to produce their own woodfuel, and to view existing woodfuel systems.

Virginia Harden Scott, who is organising the event for BIONES, said:

“Faced with rising energy costs, Local Authorities, community groups, Housing Associations, other third sector organisations and commercial businesses are increasingly looking for ways to reduce their heating bills.

“Woodfuel - a key source of sustainable, carbon lean renewable heat – is a very attractive low-cost proposition, particularly when you factor in the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which provides a guaranteed, index-linked payment for 20 years for the production of renewable heat.

“Organisations that make the switch to woodfuel therefore not only reduce their heating spend but also benefit financially from producing sustainable, renewable heat. It boosts green credentials whilst also reducing CO2 emissions.”

The event will also highlight the further potential economic, environmental and social benefits of managing woodland to produce woodfuel alongside other timber products, as well as the benefits of community involvement in woodland management.

Virginia added:

“Whether working alone or in partnership with public and private landowners, community involvement can enhance the value of a woodland, can help to produce a source of low cost fuel for local woodfuel boilers and make it a valuable source of employment and training opportunities. It’s also a great way to bring a community together. Managing woodlands for woodfuel, alongside other timber products can help woodland owners achieve their overall woodland objectives.

“Whilst this event is free similar events across Scotland have proved popular in the past, so early booking is recommended”

Places at the event are limited so anyone interested in attending should register at – or by phoning 07880-823-302. No bookings can be taken after 28 November.

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1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate

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3. The usewoodfuelscotland website and the Scottish regional Woodfuel Forums provide support to the Scottish Woodfuel industry. Forestry Commission Scotland and Rural Development Initiatives are working together with other partner organisations to deliver the Woodfuel Forums.

4. For more information and advice on woodfuel and biomass as a business opportunity or as an alternative source of energy, visit
5. The RHI is targeted at industrial, commercial and public sector. It aims to increase the number of renewable heating installations in these sectors by 7 times by 2020. It is worth £860m (UK wide) and is expected to increase green capital investment by £4.5 billion up to 2020, stimulating a new market in renewable heat.